SOUTH BURLINGTON >> Vermont AARP Fraud Watch Coordinator Elliott Greenblott speaking at a recent technology forum in South Burlington.

Wilmington Aging in Place, in cooperation with AARP Vermont's Fraud Watch Network will host a timely presentation on "Scams, Fraud and Co-Artists," on Aug. 18. The 3 p.m. program will identify the current scams and tactics being used today and provide helpful tips on staying out of the grip of con artists.

The presentation, by Elliott Greenblott, Vermont Fraud Watch Network Coordinator has been seen by hundreds of Vermonters over the past year. According to Greenblott, "Consumer fraud of every type is on the increase. From the imposters claiming to be I.R.S. Agents to the computer tech support scams, to the bulk-mailed contests, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of attempts to defraud the public."

The presentation provides clear examples of scams and concrete protection steps for all ages.

"We are seeing scams perpetrated across the age spectrum. Even newborn infants are being targeted for identity theft via stolen Social Security numbers," stated Greenblott. "Our program provides free information and resources including a national hotline to assist people who feel they may have become victims."

Greenblott urges those who are concerned and want to do something to become active volunteers in the program to contact him by phone at 413-219- 9778 or via email at

In addition he notes that any community group can contact him for a free presentation. The program is free and does not require registration, and is appropriate for all ages.