By Jamelle Payne, CPN Workforce Development & Social Services Safe & Stable Families Education Counselor
Our loved ones, and elders in particular, are targeted by phone, mail and computer scams more during the holidays than any other time of year.
I have had the pleasure of teaming up with CPN Police Department Major Deputy Chief Lee Minick and Detective Sergeant Aimee May of the Criminal Investigation Division. We joined together to help ensure the safety of our Tribal elders during the holiday season.
The Workforce Development & Social Services Department held a scam awareness workshop alongside CPNPD at the Tribe’s Elder Center in December 2022. We had a great turn out. Title VI Coordinator Tami Fleeman was very welcoming and helped us make it happen.
Many elders brought us their mail and shared past and current stories of scams they have experienced. Fleeman said that she always keeps information available at the center, but there is nothing like seeing people in real life to speak on important topics of safety to our elders.
If you would like more information or a workshop developed, please contact:
Workforce Development & Social Services
405-878-3854 ext. 4220
If you feel like you are being scammed, please visit ftc.gov/complaint or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357).
To be placed on the National Do Not Call Registry, visit donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222.