4th Annual Consumer Fraud Prevention Fair


By: Megan Way | Photos by: Su Phelps and Lawrence Oravetz
Nevada Consumer Affairs hosted their 4th Annual Consumer fraud prevention fair on Friday, Mar 8th at the Nevada Business Center to teach the public about consumer fraud and scams. The mission of Nevada Consumer affairs is to protect consumers- who live on, work in and visit Nevada – from unfair and deceptive business practices, and to provide education to prevent consumers from becoming victims of fraud, “Your first line of defense against fraud is education!”, they say on their flyer. The event included food trucks since the event went 10am to 3pm.
Even though the consumer fraud applies to almost everyone, scammers are more likely target elderly people, as Terri Williams from Nevada Consumer Affairs put it, “We tend to see the elderly population is just a bit more trusting of the information being provided or more unaware of the latest avenues that fraudsters and scammers are using to take their money.”
From 10am – 3pm more than 20 agencies had booths at the fair providing information and resources to attendees, each agency talking about a specific type of fraud. Here is a list of agencies at the fair: AARP Nevada, Better Business Bureau, Clark County Law Library, Federal Trade Commission, Internal Revenue Service, Legal Aid Center of S. Nevada, Nevada Consumer Affairs, Nevada Division of Insurance, Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services, Nevada Mortgage Lending Division, Nevada Public Utilities Commission, Nevada Senior Medicare Patrol & SHIP, Nevada State Contractor’s Board, Nevada Treasurer’s Office, Office of the Nevada Attorney General, Nevada State board of Massage Therapy, Small Business Administration, US Services and Immigration, Office of Congresswoman Dina Titus, The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada Secretary of State, Clark County Recorder’s Office.
At 11:30am, attendees could go to a Fraud Prevention Panel Discussion to listen or ask questions about fraud to Cris Carmona Chief Compliance Investigator from Nevada Consumer Affairs, Gail Anderson Deputy Administrator from Nevada Secretary of State’s Office, Michael Crabtree Community Relation Officer from U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (LV Field Office), Elizabeth Waite Education Information Officer from Nevada Division of Mortgage Lending, Paul Rozario Director of Investigation from Nevada State Contractor’s Board and Lucas Tucker Sr. Deputy Attorney General from Nevada Attorney General’s Office