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Iowa Fraud Fighters Coming to Davenport

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One of the best ways to fight fraud is education, and that's the goal of the Fraud Fighters from the Iowa Insurance Division who will visit the Quad Cities Tuesday.

Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen says they'll talk about how to spot scams, involving stocks and other investments, charities, and romance. Also common these days is Medicare fraud.

"Sometimes we'll see home test kits, braces, and certainly other support kind of merchandise that gets "sold" to the older Iowan then the effort is made to charge that back under the Medicare system."

Seniors are the most common target of scammers, but he also wants to educate younger people who are involved with seniors.

"Whether it's maybe someone in your family you would identify as an older Iowan of if you're a caretaker. Or we've heard numerous circumstances where people that work at local department stories can intercept frauds because a lot of the scammers will use gift cards as a method by which to secure payment."

Ommen says scammers also try to take advantage of what's in the news, and these days that includes fake alternative energy investments.

The Fraud Fighters educational forum will be held Tuesday at the Rhythm City Casino in Davenport. Since all 120 slots for attending have been filled, he suggests going to the website, iowafraudfighters.gov.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.