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Protect yourself from scams and fraud

BRATTLEBORO >> The Brattleboro Senior Center, in cooperation with AARP Vermont's Fraud Watch Network, will host a timely presentation on "Scams, Fraud and Co-Artists."

The 9 a.m. program on June 25 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.

"Consumer fraud on every type is on the increase," said Greenblott. "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 and concrete 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," said 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 at 413-219- 9778 or egreenblott@aarp.org.

In addition he notes that any community group can contact him for a free presentation.

The event is free, does not require registration, and is appropriate for all ages.

Activities at the Brattleboro Senior Center

BRATTLEBORO >> Monday: 9 a.m., pickleball in the park; 10 a.m., weekly movie showing (call for a listing); 10 a.m., AARP Fraud Watch Workshop; 1:00 p.m., Sing-Along with Tina. Tuesday: 9 a.m., tennis in the park; 9:30 a.m., senior softball at the park; 9:30 a.m., knitting group; 9:30 a.m., painting and sequencing with Marilyn; 9:30 a.m., strength training with Cyndy Gray; 12:45 p.m., grocery shopping at Hannaford; 1:15 a.m., beginning bridge with Dennis. Wednesday: 9 a.m., pickleball at the park; 9:15 a.m., writers group; 9:30 a.m., mixed media art group; 10:45 a.m., line dancing lessons with Richard; 12:30 p.m., Bridge Playing/Duplicate Boards; 12:45 p.m., "Let's Talk" Conversation Group. Thursday: 9 a.m., tennis in the park; 9 a.m., senior bowling; 9:30 a.m., knitting group; 9:30 a.m., strength training with Cyndy Gray; 11:30 a.m., bridge playing; 1 p.m., Game Time; 1 to 2:30 p.m., bocce. Friday: 9:30 a.m., Pilates Plus for Seniors with Cyndy Gray; 10 a.m., beginning bridge with Dennis; 10:30 a.m., table tennis; 10:30 a.m., practice bridge playing with Anne; 12:45 p.m., van trip to Price Chopper; 1:20 p.m., pickleball in the gym.

On June 27, travel to the New Hampshire coast for a Whale Watch. A naturalist will be on board to help identify the types of whales. Choose from a long list of lunch options, which is included in the low price of $125.

Ahoy Mateys! Sail on Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware which will be docked in Provincetown, Mass. On July 24, experience what life would have been like on board this regal 17th Century ship. Enjoy a box lunch while aboard. The price is only $149 per person.

The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad Train travels from Meredith, N.H., along the Meredith Bay clinging to a shelf dug out over 100 years ago. This trip will chug out of the station on Oct. 1 and passengers will enjoy a full hot turkey dinner with all the fixings. After the train ride there will be a stop at Kellerhouse Candies. Don't miss this opportunity to see some foliage on the way home for the price of $109.

For more information, call Jessy Cudworth at 802-257-7570 or visit www.brattleboro.org.


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