Dozens flocked to the 3rd annual Tehama County D.A.'s Fraud Prevention, and Public Safety Fair, Thursday Morning to meet some of the county's finest, and find out what they can do to keep from becoming a victim. Organizer and Tehama D.A.'s Investigator Eric Clay told Action News "community members can come, and meet the faces behind each agency, found out what resources are out there in the North State."
According to Clay, fraud has been a steep increase with the instability of the economy, and people need to be aware that these new and old tactics are taking place regularly. "Everything from online internet fraud, check fraud, credit card fraud. This also encompasses identity theft."
Workers compensation scams are also on the rise, but Clay says it's not just white collar fraud taking place. He says many criminals are still using the same old tricks that have been around for decades. "We're also seeing staged accidents, and other insurance claims that are fraudulent surrounding automobiles."
Residents attending the fair, like Sherry Wagner told Action News event provides valuable insights into where to go if they run across anything suspicious. "I learned about some new resources for seniors to prevent medicare fraud, got some good contacts, and it's great to have a number I can give them (senior citizens) to call if they have something they suspect was fraud."
But the fair covered more than just fraud. Several booths were dedicated to educating residents about public safety. "Sheriff's office had a great little packet on how to keep your kids safe, and in case something does happen to them, you have all the info you need, and Cal Fire had some great learning tools for kids," according to Red Bluff resident Amanda Bline.
In the end, Clay told our crews they were confident their goal would be achieved. "We're hoping that they both get information on what fraud scams are out there, and which agency would be able to provide help and services to them."