AG Ferguson, AARP team up to educate people in Kennewick about robocall scams

AG Ferguson, AARP team up to educate people in Kennewick about robocall scams
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Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson made a stop in Kennewick on Thursday to educate the city about robocall scams.

He collaborated with AARP, spreading awareness about scams calling the event “Spoof Proof Your life.” Many criminals are using fear as a tactic to get people to give up their money. Some of the most vulnerable are seniors.

“They want to put you in that state of fear to make you do something in hindsight that you know that you shouldn’t have done,” Ferguson said. “That’s why we really want to educate folks. Slow down the process, talk to a trusted friend, do your research before you turn over your hard-earned money.”

AARP representatives say con-artists like to play off of fear.

“Emotion sells, fear sells,” said Doug Shadel, State Director of AARP. “We know that when you’re in a heightened emotional state you don’t think as clearly and that’s what the con-man is counting on.”

Many will say over the phone that you owe unpaid taxes or you are facing jail time for missing jury duty. Many don’t use rewards for a tactic anymore.

According to an AARP survey, 60% of Washington adults will most likely answer the phone if their caller ID shows a local number. However, this isn’t always trustworthy. Many people aren’t using robocall blockers to stop these phone calls.

“We’re coming after you,” Ferguson said. “We’ve got injunctions in court to put a stop to them and now we’re going after penalties to make sure they pay a price for what they’ve done.”

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