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F.I.S.H. to host presentation on scams, safety and ID theft

By Staff | Nov 27, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Lt. Grace Lower

In partnership with the Sanibel Police Department and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva will host a community presentation, “Scams, Safety and Identity Theft Don’t Be the Next Victim,” on Dec. 5 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church.

Led by Sanibel Police Lt. Grace Towler and LCSO Crime Prevention Specialist Peggy Lince, it will review how individuals can keep their information safe from identity theft. Towler will speak about awareness and prevention specific to Sanibel, while Lince will explain the latest scams and discuss tips on how to avoid becoming prey to the schemes.

Scam artists have become much more sophisticated in establishing a connection with individuals in order to steal their identity. The presentation will increase awareness about the different types of scams currently being perpetrated and educate attendees on ways to avoid falling victim.

“We should all be in a ‘high alert’ mode in reference to the very savvy identity theft and scams taking place,” F.I.S.H. Program Director Kathy Y. Monroe said. “All ages are being preyed upon, and all should be cautious when answering phone calls or responding to texts and email from unknown numbers and addresses.

“Some things to keep in mind may seem obvious, but if you have not played the lottery, you cannot win the lottery; if a relative calls and is in a situation and needs money, call them or someone else close to them before sending money. The Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration will not call and ask for payments on gift cards,” she added. “Let’s learn how we can educate ourselves against these crimes and many others that can change our lives.”

For more information or to RSVP, contact Monroe or Anthony Morales at 239-472-4775.

Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church is at 2304 Periwinkle Way.