Scams Number in the Hundreds

An audience gathers at The Hub on Smith Street for a presentation on scams. (Photo by Pat Blair)
An audience gathers at The Hub on Smith Street for a presentation on scams. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Literally hundreds of scams are being plied to catch the unwary and separate people from their money.

One of the biggest currently going on now, according to Bob Melvin, is what's called the one-ring scam.

Melvin, who is retired from the Campbell County sheriff's office, was the main speaker at a program on scams at The Hub on Smith Street Tuesday night. He talked about some of the types of scams, how people can recognize scams and how to avoid being scammed.

The program was presented free to the community through the AARP Fraud Watch and hosted by The Hub's Help at Home Program through the “When I'm 64 … or More” Life Planning Lecture Series. Lois Bell, who's director of Help at Home, said the program was very important.

Melvin also outlined seven behaviors that can make people a target for scammers. Melvin was followed by Sgt. James Hill with the Sheridan Police Department, who told those attending the program to not be afraid of using autopay – and to use a credit card when they pay for purchases.

Hill said bank debit cards can be used as credit cards, and using them that way doesn't require the card's pin number. Hill also told attendees that if they get a phone call that feels weird – hang up.

Bob Melvin was the main speaker. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Bob Melvin was the main speaker. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Also speaking was Sheridan Police Sgt. James Hill. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Also speaking was Sheridan Police Sgt. James Hill. (Photo by Pat Blair)
SheridanWyoming.com

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