Learn to Fight Fraud with Rep. Donna Edwards in a Tele-Town Hall Meeting
Congresswoman Donna Edwards (MD-4) will host a Tele Town Hall Meeting on Feb. 28 from 7 to 8 p.m. to talk about a problem that impacts millions of Americans each year: fraud.
There are estimates that fraud costs American businesses $994 billion a year — or about seven percent of business revenue. The top industries associated with fraud include mortgage, health care and insurance. The way that fraud is committed has changed drastically in the past two decades. While fraud used to be perpetrated through the U.S. Postal Service or on the telephone, fraud is now frequently committed online.
The internet has made fraud easy because users can hide their location and victims have a difficult time checking identity and legitimacy of online sources.
At the Tele-Town Hall, Rep. Edwards will have experts from the Federal Trade Commission to help constituents. They will answer questions and give tips on how to protect yourself from fraud. They will help recognize, ward off and recover from all types of fraud. They will discuss:
- Identity theft and telemarketing
- ATM skimming
- Credit reports
- Mortgage servicing and payment scams
- Credit and loan offers
- Debt collection/dealing with debt
- Charities and fundraising fraud
- Buying club memberships
- Government grant scams
- Medical discount plans
- Reloading scams
- Sweepstakes and lotteries
- Travel scams
- Work-at-home and business opportunities
- phone bill cramming
- Pay day loans
- Contractor scams.