There is nothing more frustrating to read or hear about someone who's fallen victim to a scam or fraud, and let's face it, the opportunity to fall victim has increased exponentially, especially since the beginning of the pandemic.

I must receive 4 or 5 calls a day, from people pretending to be from Spectrum, AT&T or Direct TV, all from local, in-state Maine telephone numbers. I get scam messages thanking me for paying my cell phone bill and to click on a link for a thank-you gift. The frustration and aggravation is nothing compared to if you fall victim to a scam!

Friends in Action Senior Center will be hosting a presentation on current scams on Wednesday, January 26th at 12 noon. The presentation will be on Zoom, but also can be viewed at the Senior Center, which is located at the Moore Community Center.

The presentation will give information on current scams and tips for how to deal with them. Nowadays scammers can attack through the phone, the internet, social media and more. Additionally, online banking and payments can present a new level of confusion and possible fraud.

Presenters are Jeremy Clough from Machias Savings Bank and Hilary Fernald from Legal Services for the Elderly.

Clough is a SVP and Information Security Officer at Machias Savings Bank with more than 20 years of Information Technology experience. For the past 11 years, he has focused solely on cyber and information security.

Fernald is the Downeast Senior Safety Net Attorney for Washington and Hancock Counties for Legal Services for the Elderly.  Legal Services for the Elderly provides persons age 60 and older with free legal advice regarding Medicare and other public benefits, and a wide variety of other issues including consumer matters.

There is no charge for the program. To register, please contact Friends in Action at 207-664-6016 or email

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