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Tip-Offs to Rip-Offs in Olympia

Start Date:7/28/2021

Start Time:10:00 AM PDT

Duration:90 minutes

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Join AARP Washington as they team up with the Olympia Police Department, the Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging, and the Washington State Senior Citizens Lobby to bring you “Tip-Offs to Rip-Offs,” an effort to help Olympia area consumers stay a step ahead of the scam artists. In partnership with the State Attorney General’s Office, Nomorobo and BECU, we’re working to provide early warning tools and resources on spotting and stopping the most current scams. 

Participants will hear from the Olympia Police Department about the latest scams targeting local residents. The event will also include a deep-dive presentation on robocalls and imposter scams, which are fast becoming some of most effective and dangerous tactics in con-artists’ playbooks.

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Speakers

Senator Sam Hunt

WA Senator, 22nd Legislative District

Senator Sam Hunt was elected to the Senate in 2016 after serving 16 years in the House of Representatives. He is chair of the State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee and is also a member of the Ways & Means and Early Learning & K-12 Education committees. In addition, he the serves on the Legislative Oral History Advisory, Capitol Campus Design Advisory, Public Records Accountability and Exemptions and Public Records Committees, and the Washington-Hyogo Friendship Council. A former member of the Washington State Historical Society Board of Trustees, Sam volunteers with the National Institute for Civil Discourse, working to promote and improve civility among members of state legislatures.

Aaron Foss

CEO

Nomorobo

Aaron Foss is an accomplished serial entrepreneur with five companies under his belt. In 2011, he was a part of Techstars (NYC) with SideTour, a marketplace for unique experiences, which was acquired by Groupon in 2013. His current company, Nomorobo, has stopped over 2 billion unwanted robocalls from reaching consumers since launching in 2013. Nomorobo was chosen as the winner of the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Robocall Challenge and named Best New Product by CableLabs. Aaron has been featured in the New York Times, Wired, CNN, CNBC, and Fox News and has testified as an expert witness in front of both the US Senate and the House of Representatives.

Doug Shadel

State Director

AARP Washington

Doug Shadel is the State Director for AARP Washington and serves as the lead fraud researcher for AARP's Fraud Watch Network. He is a former fraud investigator who has co-authored numerous studies and books that profile victims and the tactics used by scammers including Outsmarting the Scam Artists, Weapons of Fraud and Schemes and Scams. Shadel has served as an expert witness in federal criminal fraud trials and on the advisory council for Stanford University’s Financial Fraud Research Center. He has also testified before Congress about the rise of fraud in the US and he writes a regular column for AARP the Magazine.

Officer Kory L. Pearce

Olympia Police Department

Officer Kory Pearce has been with the Olympia Police Department for 28 years. He is currently assigned to the community policing unit and has worked patrol, walking/bicycle patrol, motorcycle patrol and as an academy instructor at the Criminal Justice Training Center. Prior to joining the department, Pearce served 10 years in the Unites States Army and 3 years in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Kay Tomlinson

AARP Washington Volunteer

Kay Tomlinson has been a member of AARP's Speakers Bureau since retiring from a successful business career in 2018. After 20 years providing financial management for the Weyerhaeuser Company, she expanded her experience globally to include internet companies leading teams in Europe and India. Kay brings her experience and passion for financial fraud and cybercrime prevention to her presentations with the goal of increasing awareness and providing tools which participants can use to protect themselves from fraudsters and cybercriminals.
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