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AETN addresses consumer fraud Dec. 16

Posted 10 Dec 2019

The Arkansas Educational Television Network will examine the increasing rate of fraudulent activity in "AETN Public Affairs Special: Fighting Fraud & Scams" Monday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, the top scams in 2018 were impostor scams, debt collection and identity theft. Monetary losses have reached over $1 billion. This program will inform consumers about what is happening, how to spot and report scams, and resources available to help.

Panelists for the program will include: Seth Boffeli, advisor for AARP Fraud Prevention Program, Washington, D.C.; Kathleen Pursell, Arkansas Senior Medicare Patrol Program director; Deputy Attorney General Chuck Harder, Arkansas Attorney General's Office; Allison Bragg, assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office Eastern District of Arkansas; Investigator Justin Kirk, Pulaski County Sheriff's Office; and Paul Ecker, U.S. Postal Inspector for the United States Postal Inspection Service, Fort Worth Division. Jason Pederson, ombudsman for the Arkansas Department of Human Services, will host.

"AETN Public Affairs Special: Fighting Fraud & Scams" is underwritten in part by AARP Arkansas.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's only statewide public media network, which enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through multiple digital platforms and the distinct channels AETN PBS, AETN Create, AETN PBS KIDS, AETN World and AETN AIRS on SAP. Members with AETN Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).