July 29, 2013

On the Go With Joe Hutter

joeSeniors And Law
Enforcement Together (SALT)

By Joe Hutter

Almost weekly, we hear or read about seniors being scammed. During July, I received cards in the mail from Vehicle Division, EWS Northbrook Il. On the outside of the card, it read “Important Vehicle Notice.” It stated my vehicle factory warranty coverage may be approaching expiration date. If you don’t take action you will be “Financially Liable for any repairs. Act now. You still have time to activate out-of-warranty vehicle coverage. Please contact us as soon as possible, for a $200.00 discount on first call activation.”

Please be sure to read the fine print before you agree to anything for you car. You could also get something similar with no return address, only a phone number. This one would come from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Do you get emails from a “Well Known” company offering you a gift card? These cards could be worth any amount of money, and all you have to do is answer a survey. After answering a survey, they want personal information about you such as bank account number, date of birth and other information. Do NOT give personal information over to anyone from your computer, and do NOT give personal information over the phone. These are scammers and viruses on the computers.

The Iowa Attorney General, Tom Miller, has issued a Consumer Advisory on “Unauthorized Cellular Phone Bill Charges” called – CRAMMING. Cramming occurs when unauthorized charges appear on your cellular phone bill. It could be as little as a dime or $10.00. Look at your cell phone bill closely. I will have more about this in future columns.

Starting very soon, Seniors And Law enforcement Together (SALT) will be having announcements and information on Mediacom channel 19. Mediacom has been very helpful in setting up the information and making it available to their customers. I will have more about this in future columns.

SALT will be meeting at 9:30 a.m. on August 28 at Casi in Davenport. There are no dues or committee jobs. Law enforcement officers attend and will answer any questions you may have at that time.

For more information, call Pam at the Scott County Sheriff’s Office at 326-8217.

Take care.