Sen. Emmons invites residents to learn about home repair and equity scams

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LANSING — State Sen. Judy Emmons today invited seniors to learn more about protecting themselves from home repair and equity scams at an event this month in Mt. Pleasant.

“Seniors are increasingly targeted by scam artists and other predators, seeking to prey on them as they make critical decisions concerning their health care and finances,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “The Senior Brigade is designed to help seniors learn how to protect themselves from scams and frauds that victimize 5 million seniors nationally each year. I encourage residents to take advantage of this excellent learning opportunity.”

The Senior Brigade event will take place on Monday, Nov. 21 at the Commission on Aging of Isabella County building from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and again from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The facility is located at 2200 S. Lincoln Road in Mt. Pleasant. At the event, representatives of the attorney general’s office will lead a presentation and discussion on recognizing and avoiding home repair scams and home equity frauds.

Space is limited, so please call 989-772-0748 to make a reservation.

“To those unable to attend or for information on protection against other frauds, I urge you to visit the program’s website,” said Emmons, chair of the Senate Families, Seniors and Human Services Committee. “The site is a clearinghouse to bring valuable information to Michigan families and seniors in an easy-to-use format.”

The Senior Brigade is offered through the attorney general’s consumer programs. The brigade and its website were launched in 2009 as a 24-hour-a-day method to provide trusted and useful information on health care issues, financial matters, consumer protection and veteran’s affairs.

Residents may visit the website at www.seniorbrigade.com. Constituents with questions about the program or other senior protection issues may contact Sen. Emmons’ office at 517-373-3760 or by email at senjemmons@senate.michigan.gov.

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