Commissioner Gerhart, and representatives from Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s office, Iowa Department on Aging and Senior Health Insurance Information Program will present the Iowa Fraud Fighters program and panel discussion.
Complimentary bus transportation will be provided from 10 Iowa county seats, including Fairfield, Keosauqua, Bloomfield, Sigourney, Ottumwa, Oskaloosa, Albia, Chariton, Corydon and Centerville. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon and program runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. Informational booths staffed by agency representatives, as well as forum assistance providers Milestones Area Agency on Aging and AARP, close at 2 p.m. To RSVP for bussing, the presentation and complimentary luncheon, call toll-free at 866-559-7114 or visit IowaFraudFighters.gov by Nov. 18.
“This forum gives Iowans the opportunity to speak with several government agencies and learn about the state resources available to help prevent fraud from happening to them or a loved one,” said Gerhart. “We also want Iowans to know we are here to help them take charge in the fight against fraud and the importance of reporting fraud to state and federal agencies when it occurs.”
Iowans are encouraged to visit www.IowaFraudFighters.gov to learn about common investment and insurance scams, and discover tips and tools to prevent fraud. The site includes answers to frequently asked questions and a checklist of information to gather from investment advisers to verify the legitimacy of the offer and the investment adviser.
In addition to the community forums and website, the public education program includes a TV and newspaper public service advertising campaign.
The Iowa Insurance Division has general control, supervision and direction over all insurance and securities business transacted in the state, and enforces Iowa’s laws and regulations. The IID investigates consumer complaints and prosecutes companies, agents and brokers engaging in unfair trade practices. Consumers with insurance or investment questions or complaints may contact the IID toll-free at (877) 955-1212, or visit the division on the Web at www.iid.state.ia.us.