High-tech scam artists are developing new ways to con people out of their money…from robocalls designed to capture personal information to deceptive websites and social media ads that sell phony merchandise like concert tickets, beauty products, even cars and boats. Everything looks legit, but there are ways to spot the fakes. Life Lessons explores the latest scams — on the phone,  online and even in the mail — and shows you how to protect yourself so you don’t fall prey to fraud. Hosted by Eric Clemons: Journalist, Author


  • Sandra Arenas, Special Associate Attorney General for Constituent and Consumer Affairs, State of CT
  • Arunan Arulampalam, Deputy Commissioner of Consumer Protection, State of CT
  • Luke Frey, Associate Director of Communications, Better Business Bureau CT
  • Fred Scholl, Director, Graduate Cybersecurity Program, Quinnipiac University
  • Mark Solomon, Detective, Greenwich Police
  • Find more information on the host and panelists


  • This program originally aired on CPTV on November 18, 2019.

Informational Resources

How to Spot A Scam

  • Sense of Urgency
  • Request Payment Upfront
  • Payment by Wire Transfer or Gift Card

Protect Yourself From Fraud

  • Don’t Trust Caller ID
  • Protect Social Security Number & Personal Info
  • Monitor Credit Reports & Financial Accounts

To Report a Scam, You Can Contact:

 Funding provided by AARP Connecticut

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Life Lessons: Don’t Be a Victim! Fending Off Frauds and Scams is a Connecticut Public Partnership Production.