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Foster to host discussions on fraud prevention for seniors

The office of U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, is holding fraud prevention discussions in Aurora and Bolingbrook to help senior citizens learn how they can protect themselves from scams.

The forums will give senior citizens and their families an opportunity to learn about fraud targeted at seniors and how to avoid becoming a victim, according to a news release from Foster’s office.

The events are free and open to the public. Anyone interested in attending can register at foster.house.gov/seniorfraud. Registration is requested but not required.

The Aurora session will be from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Feb. 23 at Alden of Waterford, 2000 Randi Drive, Aurora.

The Bolingbrook session will be from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Feb. 23 at Heritage Woods, 550 Kildeere Drive, Bolingbrook.

Speakers will include:

• Courtney Hedderman, associate state director of Advocacy and Outreach AARP. She will discuss Medicare fraud and abuse, tips to prevent this type of fraud, how to spot it and how to report it.

• Bill Hodor, staff attorney for the Federal Trade Commission, will discuss the trending scams targeting seniors, such as Grandparent Scams, Telemarketing Scams, IRS Imposters, and others.

• Richard Reeb, operations supervisor for the Social Security Administration, will discuss Social Security scams targeted at seniors.

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