DATE: September 20, 2016
Broward County Commissioner Mark Bogen
MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe
Public Information Manager, Broward County Commission
BROWARD COUNTY, FL- Don't get scammed! If you do, call Broward Commissioner Mark Bogen.
An attorney by trade and a strong consumer rights advocate, Commissioner Bogen is creating a Fraud Protection Program to protect residents in Broward County's District 2.
"I want to educate people about fraudulent scams that are out there. If they're suspicious, they now have a resource to assist them and if they've been a victim, they have a place to go for help." says Bogen.
The Commissioner is sending out mailers to District 2 residents with a focus on the elderly, who are often targets of fraudulent activity and scams. District two cities include Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, and Margate.
"I don't think government is doing enough for the consumer," says Commissioner Bogen. "We have numerous resources to protect people from losing their life-savings, property, identity. If they call my office, I can help them."
Bogen tells residents to call his office if they receive:
• Calls from people claiming to be an IRS agent
• Fake email from banks or financial institutions
• Lottery or Sweepstakes promising money
• Phone calls from strangers trying to get personal information?
• Attempts at identity theft
As the District 2 County Commissioner, Bogen has successfully created and pushed forward consumer protection laws including tow company regulations, elevator inspection procedures and practices, and crafted a complex ordinance to govern transportation network companies such as Uber. He has also co-sponsored a Living Wage increase and the so-called "Ban the Box" ordinance that changed the job application process in Broward County government.
Commissioner Bogen encourages District 2 residents to call his office at (954) 357-7002 if they feel they are suspicious of fraudulent practices, think they're being taken advantage of or need help after the fact.