AUBURN, Maine(NEWS CENTER) -- After hearing from several people in Maine about scams affecting seniors, Congressman Mike Michaud decided to hold a forum with the Federal Trade Commission and Maine Attorney General's Office to focus on education as one of the best ways to avoid the problem.

The forum was held Thursday morning at Clover Manor in Auburn. Seniors asked questions and listened to tips from Congressman Mike Michaud, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills, and representatives from the Federal Trade Commission.

During remarks given to the crowd at Clover Manor, Attorney General Mills said the biggest thing for seniors to know is never to engage someone over the phone or through the internet who seems suspicious, and never to give personal information to them.

Mills said if you are scammed and end up losing money, immediately call your local police department and the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General's Office.

"We get dozens of calls every week from people who have been scammed by these things," Attorney General Mills said. "Hundreds of thousands of dollars each month leaves the state of Maine. That's money that could be useful to our economy."

For more tips on how to avoid scams, you can visit the Maine Attorney General's Consumer Protection website by clicking here.

The Federal Trade Commission also has tips on its website. For more information, click here.

If you are scammed, the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General's Office can also be reached by calling 207-626-8800.

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