Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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June 13, 2012

NARFE met In May

Greensburg — Chapter 0813 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees met May 15 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Greensburg for its monthly meeting.

President Eva Stone opened the meeting by welcoming those present followed with Kay Hineman leading the group with the Pledge of Allegiance and the invocation. For the monthly program, President Stone introduced Michelle Mayer from the Indiana Attorney General's office giving a program on scams and fraud schemes.

Mayer spoke on many topics to include consumer, telemarketing, identity theft, and consumer frauds with Nigeria, advance fee on loans, lottery, phishing e-mails, overpayments, disaster relief, credit repair, work from home, home repairs, free trial offers and calling grandparents for money scams.

The frauds and scams can be from telephone calls, e-mails or door to door peddlers/salesman. Generally, individuals can deal with any of these or other problems themselves, with help from family members, State Attorney General's office or a private attorney with little or no cost, and don't get lured by TV or radio commercials, the ads might be legal but will cost you money, sometimes large sums of money (i.e., the Rachel scam originating from Florida, the Attorney General's office is attempting to prosecute these individuals).

If you believe a crime is involved contact local authorities and/or the State Attorney General's office. The State Attorney General has a website within the State of Indiana website. If you receive unsolicited requests, never give your personal information, no matter how convincing or threatening they are.

Also, phone callers can manipulate caller ID as to say who it is from. If you sign up on unknown lists for door prizes or drawings, use your initials or pet's name, that way if you get calls or on a mailing list, you will know how it got started. Of course, following the old adage, "If it sounds to good to be true, it is," just hang up the phone, delete the e-mail without opening any attachments or clicking on a website within the e-mail, or just say no to the door to door sales person/peddler, you can always do your own inquiries afterwards. Thanks to Ms. Mayer for the very informative program.

President Stone followed with a business meeting with the secretary and treasurer's reports being read and approved and with other office and committees reports.

Birthday of Troy Clapp was acknowledged and wedding anniversary of Troy and Anne Clapp of 39 years was acknowledged. Attendance prize was won by Eva Stone. Guests included Bill Thackery, guest of his wife Aleen Thackery, and Roberta Crider, guest of her husband Charles Crider.

The next meeting will be at 10 a.m. June 19 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Greensburg with optional lunch following the meeting.

If you are retired federal employee or currently an active employee and have an interest in attending the chapter meetings, join us at our next meeting.

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