"Spoof proof" event helps residents protect against scams

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - Robo calls have more than doubled in recent years to nearly 50 billion calls a year. Experts estimate up to one half of robo calls are attempts to defraud the person on the other end of the line.

The Two Rivers Convention Center was home today for an event focused on helping people “spoof proof” their life. Grand Junction was the first stop on AARP’s Colorado tour sharing information on how to detect scams and how to protect yourself against them. The half day event had speakers from AARP, the FBI, the U.S. Census Bureau, and other agencies.

“I think everyone needs to know that you’re in control. You’re in control of your phone, your email, and your mail. Learning the red flags will help empower you to not fall victim to these scams,” Amy Nofziger, director of fraud victim support.

While the event was geared towards folks over fifty, it was information that was helpful for everyone in staying a step ahead of criminals.