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Cass County TRIAD has goal to protect seniors

At Cass County TRIAD meetings, Sheriff Tom Burch shares information regarding current frauds and scams.

One often referred to is how credit card information can be stolen just by having someone pass by you with a credit card reader. It’s hard to imagine that this can happen, but if your card has Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), it can.

Not all credit cards have an RFID chip in them at this point; however, the likelihood of your card having this chip in the future is increasing.

This chip makes it easier to pay with the card. You just have to hold it by the reader instead of scanning it.

Your card may have this chip if it has a symbol similar to radio waves )))) or if it says something like “blink” “paypass” or “paywave.”

If your card has an RFID chip and someone has a credit card reader, they can get your card information and make a “clone” card. There are several websites and newsclips that have more information on this scam and how you can protect yourself, including this AARP site:

TRIAD meetings also cover the many benefits of the annual Minnesota TRIAD Conference, where seniors and law enforcement from throughout Minnesota who are committed to keeping seniors safe can meet one another. Participants also learn ways that other TRIAD groups enhance senior safety and share what is being done in Cass County.

Last year in early October, three Minnesota TRIAD members, including Pauline of Cass County, went to Indiana for the National TRIAD Conference, where they spent three days with 180 participants from 22 different states.

These participants represented 650 TRIAD groups and 17,000 TRIAD volunteers who had the opportunity to meet and visit with such a diverse group of law enforcement and TRIAD volunteers while learning about projects they are involved in.

The Minnesota TRIAD Conference in Baxter had 125 participants in 2012. The conference incldued speakers, interactive sessions and a chance to learn from and share with each other.

The 2013 TRIAD Conference will be in New Ulm on Sept. 18-20. The 2014 TRIAD conference will be hosted by Aitkin, Cass and Itasca TRIADs.

TRIAD brings together caring senior citizens and law enforcement people who are working for a common goal — to keep senior citizens safe in our communities. TRIAD meetings are generally held the third Tuesday of every month at the Hackensack Senior Center with lunch at noon immediately following by the meeting.

All seniors are welcome and encouraged to attend the TRIAD meetings and become part of the TRIAD family.

TRIAD contacts include Maynard and Betty Nelson, Backus, 218-682-2363; Bernie Miller, Hackensack, 218-675-6137; Betty Waldron, Pine River, 218-587-3216; Shirley Dowson, Walker, 218-547-1894 or; Pauline Fahey, Cass County Sheriff’s Office, 218-547-7308 or; and Minnesota TRIAD, 218-536-0899 or

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