Siler City seminar to offer tips to avoid consumer fraud, scams and ID theft

Siler City, NC – As part of Vulnerable Adult and Elder Abuse Awareness Month, several Chatham agencies and organizations have joined together to hold a seminar in Siler City on Consumer Fraud, Scams and Identity Theft. People of all ages are at risk and are invited to attend.

David Kirkman, special deputy attorney general in the North Carolina Department of Justice

David Kirkman is special deputy attorney general in the North Carolina Department of Justice

On Thursday, June 25, from 6-7 pm at the Central Carolina Community College in Siler City, David Kirkman, special deputy attorney general in the North Carolina Department of Justice, will share his knowledge and experience on this subject and will answer questions. A Chatham County resident, Kirkman has served for almost three decades as a Consumer Protection enforcement attorney in the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office.

As manager of the Elder Fraud Unit, Kirkman prosecutes cases to stop cross-border fraud, telemarketing fraud, Do-Not-Call violations, home repair fraud, and an array of frauds and scams targeting older consumers. He also is a member of the North Carolina General Assembly’s Task Force on Elder Fraud.

While much of his work is targeted at assisting older adults, his knowledge of and experience with fraud, scams, and identity theft are of interest and relevant to people of all ages. For example, Kirkman handles complaints related to new home construction.

“We believe that David Kirkman has obtained more restraining orders and court injunctions against telemarketers than any other attorney in the country,” said Dennis Streets, director of the Chatham County Council on Aging. In November of 2006, the News and Observer (Raleigh) recognized him as its “Tar Heel of the Week.”

Besides the Council on Aging, other partners involved in the June 25 seminar include the Chatham County Department of Social Services, the Chatham County SheriIdentity Theftff’s Office, Central Carolina Community College, Hispanic Liaison and the Chatham Advocacy for Seniors Team.

Streets said, “Anyone can be a victim of fraud, scams and identification theft regardless of background, income, race or age. Perpetrators of fraud, scams and identify theft do not discriminate in choosing whom they target. It could be you or me.”

Advance registration is not required, but people are encouraged to arrive early. If you have questions, contact the Eastern Chatham Senior Center at 919-542-4512 or the Western Chatham Senior Center at 919-742-3975. Central Carolina Community College is located at 400 Progress Blvd., Siler City down the street from Chatham Hospital.

For information about fraud and scams affecting seniors, see the website of the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/aging/fraud/cfalert.htm. The North Carolina Department of Justice website also has an array of resources and tips: http://ncdoj.com/