This live Vekeo event was hosted by AARP Connecticut. State Director Nora Duncan moderated the event. Special Agent in Charge William Kalb, of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, was also on the call. The other special guests were Lauren Vumbaco and Kyle Siegel, who are United States Postal Inspectors. Today's topic was on ways to protect yourself against fraud and identity theft. Fraud is epidemic in the United States. Kyle Siegel indicated that the United States Postal services work together with community groups like AARP and local, state, and Federal agencies to protect consumers from becoming victims of fraud. There was additional information provided about the IRS scam. Participants were reminded that the IRS will contact individuals by way of mail at least three times before they contact the individual by phone - or even in person - if taxes are owed. The IRS will never demand immediate payment. IRS scammers use intimidation to scare individuals to pay them money.