Maine Fraud Prevention Alliance Expands and Launches New Website in Preparation for Maine Seniors Day

AARP Maine and Maine Bankers Association join Alliance to help educate Maine families and seniors on ways to DASH Fraud

SACO, Maine (September 12, 2013) – The Maine Fraud Prevention Alliance (MFPA) recently welcomed two new Alliance members: AARP Maine and the Maine Bankers Association. Founded in July of 2012, the Alliance now boasts 12 members from Southern Maine and around the state, with more interested. The MFPA’s goal is to spread awareness of fraud in its many forms and to provide the public with a first line of defense.  Instances of fraud are growing at an alarming rate, and Alliance members are committed to stop it before it can occur.

The DASH Fraud program was launched as a self-defense kit providing four simple and easy to remember measures to prevent fraud at its onset, DASH: Delete unsolicited email and text; Ask for permits from door-to-door salespeople; Shred junk mail; and Hang-up unsolicited calls.

MFPA’s official website,, is set to launch this month.  It will contain everything consumers need to know about fraud and how to avoid it. Website features will include stories of fraud, a DASH tool kitgovernment tips and laws, and more.

The website will launch in time for Maine Seniors Day on September 14thMaine Seniors Day is a day set aside by Maine lawmakers to celebrate the service and contributions of all of Maine’s senior citizens.

“We’ve seen an increase in fraud attempts in our own community,” explains Heather Clark, Marketing Officer at Saco & Biddeford Savings. “Forming this Alliance has gone above and beyond our expectations. And now that AARP Maine and the Maine Bankers Association have joined, we’ll be able to increase our efforts in getting the information about fraud prevention to all Mainers.  .”

“Seniors are particularly targeted when it comes to fraud,” noted Jane Margesson, Communications Director of AARP Maine. “We are proud to be part of the solution to prevent fraud, and encourage everyone to take a look at the DASH Fraud Toolkit and/or attend a presentation in their community.”

”Almost 15% of the population is a victim of fraud each year. Saco & Biddeford Savings saw the need and spearheaded this Alliance. We are pleased to be on board,” said Christopher Pinkham, President of Maine Bankers.

The MFPA has facilitated a number of free fraud prevention presentations for community groups and organizations. If you wish to request a presentation, want fraud prevention materials or want to learn more about the program, please contact Heather Clark at 207-602-7332 or visit the website at

About Maine Fraud Prevention Alliance
The Maine Fraud Prevention Alliance is a first-of-its-kind group in the state. The goal of the alliance is to be a leader in fraud prevention through increased awareness of the various ways fraud is attempted, particularly financial fraud-which studies show goes virtually unreported. The more we can stimulate the conversation around strategies to deter fraud, the better we can arm our communities against this crime.

About AARP Maine
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning. We advocate for consumers in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin;; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP VIVA, a bilingual news source. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at

About Maine Bankers Association 
The Maine Bankers Association has served Maine’s banking industry since 1893. The Association offers industry representation in legislative and regulatory matters at the state and federal level.  It sponsors educational programs and forums for banks to exchange valuable industry information. The Association also sponsors insurance programs, provides regulatory and compliance assistance and facilitates media relations on behalf of member banks.