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Monica J. Lindeen to Headline Free Consumer Fraud Presentations

AARP Montana and Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica J. Lindeen are teaming up to offer a series of consumer fraud presentations throughout southeast Montana in late May. The “How to Smell a Rat” presentations will explore consumer protection issues and will show people how the spot the telltale signs of fraud. The presentations are free and open to the public and include a free meal, however, an RSVP is kindly requested due to limited space.

“Our fight against fraud never stops,” said Lindeen. “We know the best kind of law enforcement is ensuring the crime does not find the victim in the first place -- which is why we are constantly working to educate Montanans about investment pitfalls. Many investment schemes are easy to avoid -- a little knowledge goes a long way. The insight folks will gain from these presentations will help them to recognize and resist the persuasion tactics used by fraud criminals.”

Topics covered during the presentations include investment fraud, fake insurance, ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes, identity theft, internet scams, health care fraud and telemarketing fraud. People will learn how to spot these schemes and scams, learn techniques to avoid them and what to do if they suspect fraud.

“The truth is, regardless of age, circumstance or income, people at some point in their lives are bound to hear from a fraudster,” said Bob Bartholomew, AARP Montana State Director. “Investment fraud criminals are masters of persuasion. They are professionals -- this is what they do 24/7. And the tactics they use to try and separate you from your money are increasingly sophisticated. The main thing to realize is you’re not alone. Knowledge is power. And when you’re armed with the right information, you keep the control in your hands.”

Lindeen will offer the presentations May 24 – 28 in Glendive, Ekalaka, Miles City, Hysham, Colstrip, Hardin, Red Lodge and Big Timber. To reserve a space call toll-free 1-800-332-6148 or  register online.

“These presentations by Monica Lindeen are an excellent opportunity for people to learn more about investment fraud and to have their questions answered by the state’s top securities and insurance regulator,” said Bartholomew. “I encourage everyone interested in protecting themselves from financial fraud to attend.”

Quick Glance Details

Who: Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica J. Lindeen
What: “How to Smell a Rat” Consumer Protection Presentations
When: May 24 – 28
Where: Southeast Montana – details below
How to register: 1-800-332-6148 or register online

Monday, May 24

Glendive – 6 pm
Best Western Jordan Inn
223 North Merrill
Glendive, MT 59330
Free Dinner Served

Tuesday, May 25

Ekalaka – 11:30 am
The Dinner Bell
111 South Main Street
Ekalaka, MT 59324
Free Lunch Served

Miles City – 5 pm
Park Place
20 N 8th Street
Miles City, MT 59301
Free Dinner Served

Wednesday, May 26

Hysham – 11:30 am
Treasure County Senior Center
306 Rapelje Avenue,
Hysham, MT 59038
Free Lunch Served

Colstrip – 6 pm
Moose Lodge
2190 Industrial Park
Colstrip, MT 59323
Free Dinner Served

Thursday, May 27

Hardin –Noon
Senior Citizens Center
415 North Center Avenue
Hardin, MT 59034
Free Lunch Served

Red Lodge – 6 pm
Rock Creek Resort
6380 U.S. Hwy 212
Red Lodge, MT 59068
Free Dinner Served

Friday – May 28

Big Timber – Noon
Hospitality House Senior Center
208 Mcleod Street
Big Timber, MT 59011
Free Lunch Served

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