January 3, 2012

On the Go With Joe Hutter

joeSeniors And Law
Enforcement Together (SALT)

By Joe Hutter

It might be a new year, but scams are still with us. We all have to remember that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Recently Sheriff Dennis Conard released information on a scam about a letter being sent to people to be paid consumer researchers. The letter states that you have been selected to participate. They use the names of different legitimate research companies such as Polaris Marketing Research. They send a check for over $1,000 dollars, and you have to call a telephone number to activate the check. You give them your bank name and account number, and they can take your money out of your account. The bottom part of the letter requires that you not talk to your bank or any staff people of the stores, as this would violate a business code of conduct. The address and names used in the letter are out of the United States, and the research consultant uses a New York City address. If you receive a letter such as this, contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Again, DO NOT give out any personal information over the phone.

I know many of you enjoyed the Senior Voice Program on December 1, at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds and the program put on for seniors by the City of Bettendorf at the Quad-City Waterfront Convention Center. August 2, 2012 will be Senior Day at the Mississippi Valley Fair this year.

If you know of a place that would like to have copies of 50+ Lifestyles to distribute, let them know at (563) 484-4195 or publisher@50pluslife.com.

On behalf of members of our S.A.L.T. (Seniors And Law enforcement Together) program, we wish you a very happy new year! You are welcome to come to our meetings at CASI no matter where you live. Call Pam at (563) 326-8217 for more information.

Take care.