Maine Attorney General William Schneider was among state officials unveiling the DASH fraud program today in Saco.
State officials this morning teamed up with a collection of Maine businesses, non-profits and law enforcement officials to announce the formation of the Maine Fraud Prevention Alliance. The initiative, known as the DASH fraud program, was unveiled at a press conference today in Saco.
Kevin Savage is president and CEO of Biddeford and Saco Savings Institution, which has been spearheading the effort.He says DASH is an acronoym aimed at helping people - particularly seniors - combat fraud at all levels.
For example, the D, he says, stands for Delete - as in "delete unsoliticed emails; 'A' for ask for permits from door-to-door sales people; 'S' to shred junk mail; and 'H' for hang up unsoliticed phone calls. Having these reminders next to phone or posted on the fridge provides a first line of defense against fraud."
The alliance quotes data claiming there were 11.6 million American adult victims of fraud last year, at a cost of $18 billion.
This story was reported by Tom Porter.
Photo by Tom Porter.