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Mako to host ‘Scam Jam’ and shredding events

Submitted by TRACY POLOVICK
Rep. Zach Mako (R-Lehigh/Northampton) has announced he will host two community events later this month to protect people from becoming victims of fraud.
On Thursday, April 18, in conjunction with Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church’s and Queenship of Mary Catholic Church’s Young at Heart group, a Scam Jam with Fraud Bingo will be held to protect senior citizens from scams. It will be in Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary’s social hall, 2181 Washington Ave., Northampton, from 1 to 3 p.m. RSVP is required by calling 610-760-9805 or by visiting www.RepMako.com/events.
The Scam Jam event will include speakers from the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities, the Area Agency on Aging, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and the Northampton Police Department.
On Saturday, April 20, in conjunction with the Borough of Northampton, a free shredding event will be held to help safeguard residents against identity theft by having their personal documents securely destroyed. It will be at the Northampton Memorial Community Center, 1601 Laubach Ave., Northampton, from 10 a.m. to noon. No RSVP is required for this event.
“I’m pleased to host both of these events,” Mako said. “They tackle the issue of becoming a victim of fraud by different avenues. Unfortunately, identity theft and scams continue to be a problem.”
Acceptable items at the shredding event include all paper and manila folders. No more than four bags or boxes per household are permitted, and no businesses, please. Staples or paper clips do not need to be removed. Examples of items that can be brought to the event include documents that contain personal information, including birth dates, Social Security numbers, bank account information and credit card numbers. Information also will be provided about consumer protection and identity theft at the events. Please enter Smith Drive and take Pany Drive to the event. Exit on Laubach Avenue.
For more information, contact Mako’s offices at 610-502-2701 or 610-760-9805, or visit www.RepMako.com.

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