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[ATG] AG‘s Office, state and local agencies team up with IndyStar Call for Action to host community fraud forum March 8
Start Date: 2/24/2016 All Day
End Date: 2/24/2016
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INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is teaming with the Indy Star’s new Call for Action consumer assistance hotline as well as the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office and the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office to host a community fraud prevention forum on Tuesday, March 8, in Indianapolis.

The fraud forum will kick off National Consumer Protection Week, which runs March 6-12.

Call for Action reporter Tim Evans will moderate a panel discussion featuring Zoeller, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and the Secretary of State’s Investor Education Coordinator Kelly Griese. Panelists will share information on the latest scams and strategies used by fraudsters to victimize citizens.

Following the panel, IndyStar’s Call for Action hotline volunteers and agency staff will be on site available to answer questions from the public and provide one-on-one assistance.

In 2015, Indiana residents who reported scams to the Attorney General’s Office lost a total $1.1 million. Zoeller will offer insight on the most common scams, as well as growing crimes like identify theft.

“An important role of the Attorney General’s Office is to educate Hoosiers about scams and fraud before they fall victim and lose their hard-earned money to faraway criminals,” Zoeller said. “Scammers use increasingly sophisticated, tech-savvy schemes, and people should know what to look out for and how to protect themselves.”

During the forum, the Secretary of State’s Office will focus on deterring elder investment fraud and financial exploitation, which victimizes one in five older Americans.

“Education is the key to protecting your hard earned money from devastating financial scams,” Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said. “Forums like this, help Hoosiers learn what tricks fraudsters are using to steal their money so they can protect themselves and their loved ones.”

Hoosiers will also hear from the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office on tactics commonly seen by their office to harm Indianapolis residents.

“Anyone, regardless of age, can be targeted for these crimes," Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said. "Prevention is the most effective remedy, and that’s why we continually work to educate the public on how to avoid scams and fraud."

All members of the public are invited to attend the fraud prevention forum on March 8. 

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller
Indiana Secretary of State’s Office
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry
IndyStar Call for Action reporter Tim Evans
Community fraud prevention forum
Tuesday, March 8, 6-7:30 p.m. 
North United Methodist Church
3808 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

 Visit the Attorney General’s website at or call 800-382-5516 to learn more about common scams or to file a complaint. To learn about the Secretary of State’s financial education program, visit For more information on fraud prevention education provided by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, visit

The IndyStar Call for Action hotline takes calls from consumers at (317) 444-6800 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Contact Information:
Name: Molly Gillaspie
Phone: 317-232-0168
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