I mentioned before that my now-92-year-old grandmother was the victim of telemarketing fraud. Yesterday I gave an hour-long talk at her retirement community about how seniors could avoid being victimized by telemarketing fraud, mail fraud, email fraud, and other common fraud vectors. I was surprised by the turnout — about 80 residents showed up. Naturally the Dark Angel of PowerPoint visited and my carefully prepared presentation would not work, so I worked the microphone and did it the old-fashioned way for the first ten minutes until the staff fixed the projector. (Thank God that a long history of technology crapping out on me mid-trial has hardened me to that sort of thing.) The crowd was gracious and attentive, and it made me feel good to do it. I figure I got a nice big dollop of good karma which I shall promptly spend by abusing associates and/or clients. (And no, I did not hand out cards, nor feature my firm name or contact info on the PowerPoint.)
In preparing the presentation, I found the excellent materials at Fraud.org to be indispensable and very accessible for my audience. I highly recommend it if you have problems with your parents or grandparents.
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