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|AG Madigan Stops in Galesburg to Talk Fraud
|Providing consumers with resources to combat fraud was the topic of a forum held Friday afternoon in Galesburg.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan and members of her staff stopped by the Galesburg Public Library to discuss educating the public on the services her office provides.
Last year, the Attorney General's office received 277,000 consumer fraud complaints and, according to staff members, they are always working on ways to update their detection methods.
Community leaders from Mayor and WGIL Owner John Pritchard to several Galesburg City Aldermen and local law enforcement were present for the discussion.
Madigan tells WGIL she hopes community leaders will help distribute the information.
"What we want them to do is to ensure that people know about the most prevalent scams that are out there and know how to protect themselves from them and so we encourage people to use this information to educate members of the community to keep themselves save financially as well as physically," says Madigan.
Mortgage complaints have been prevalent in recent years since the housing collapse.
Staff members say that they are only Attorney Generals office in the country with counselors on hand and that they also provide loan modification assistance.
Madigan tells WGIL that with the rise of the internet, different types of scams are always popping up.
"You really have to be aware all the time," says Madigan. "If a stranger is approaching you and they are asking for your money directly or they are asking for access to your financial information to get that money indirectly, don't give it to them if you don't know them."
A case by case basis is reportedly used when it comes to handling consumer fraud in the state.
Madigan says it is much easier to handle fraud on the front end than wait until it's happened and clean it up on the back end.
|06 07 13 by Newsroom
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