TULSA, Okla. – Announced today from a joint press conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, The Department of Justice & AARP unveiled a new public service announcement (PSA) campaign with iconic country music supergroup The Oak Ridge Boys to raise awareness of fraud schemes targeting elders [link to video].
“The Oak Ridge Boys are honored to bring awareness to elder fraud and abuse,” said Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys. “For too long people have taken advantage of our senior citizens, and we are teaming up with the Department of Justice and the AARP Fraud Watch Network to help you and your loved ones stay safe from scammers.”
“So happy to see the Department of Justice and AARP stepping up to address this problem of elder fraud abuse,” said Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys. “We are honored to be stepping up with you. Everyone is susceptible via phone or online, but the elderly are often the targets and victims of identity thieves and scammers. The Oak Ridge Boys are honored to lend our name and image to this worthy cause.”
In announcing the launch of the video and accompanying social media campaign, Acting Associate Attorney General Claire Murray issued the following statement:
“Fraudsters are targeting and stealing billions of dollars from unsuspecting Americans every year. In order to fight this epidemic, Americans must report fraud schemes and spread the word among their families and friends. I want to thank AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and the Oak Ridge Boys for working with us to fight this critical issue. Through increased awareness and reporting, the Department of Justice can continue to take swift action to end the victimization of vulnerable elderly Americans across the country.”
“Helping people spot the signs of a scam is key to helping them avoid becoming victims,” said Kathy Stokes, director of fraud prevention programs, AARP. “And encouraging people to report scam attempts and victimization will help others know what to look for, and it will help the good guys in their efforts to go after the bad guys.”
If you or a family member, friend, or colleague has been a victim of a fraud scheme, please report to www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork
The Oak Ridge Boys
Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt for the Civil Division, U.S. DoJ
U.S. Attorney Trent Shores for the Northern District of Oklahoma
Sean Voskuhl, State Director, AARP Oklahoma
Mike Hunter, Oklahoma State Attorney General
Wayne Blackmon, AARP Oklahoma Executive Council & Fraud Watch Network
The Oak Ridge Boys will join The United States Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt of the Civil Division, AARP, and state law enforcement officials in a press conference to unveil a national public service announcement and accompanying social media campaign raising awareness of fraud schemes targeting elderly Americans.
Oak Ridge Boys on Tour:
OCT 05 – Paradise Cove Margaritaville / Tulsa, Okla.
OCT 07 – Georgia National Fair / Perry, Ga.
OCT 09 – The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
OCT 10 – The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
OCT 11 – Shawnee Bluff Winery / Eldon, Mo.
OCT 12 – Meremec Music Theatre / Steelville, Mo.
OCT 15 – Arkansas State Fair & Barton Coliseum / Little Rock, Ark.
OCT 16 – The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
OCT 17 – The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
OCT 18 – Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center / Bowling Green, Ky.
OCT 19 – Blue Gate Theatre / Shipshewana, Ind.
OCT 23 – The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
OCT 24 – The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 01 – The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 02 – The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 06 – The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 07 – The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 09 – Effingham Performance Center / Effingham, Ill.
NOV 13 – The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 14 – The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 15 – Orpheum Theatre / Sioux Falls, Iowa
NOV 16 – Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel / Deadwood, S.D.
NOV 17 – Aberdeen Civic Arena / Aberdeen, S.D.
NOV 18 – Wild Rose Casino & Resort / Jefferson, Iowa
NOV 19 – Hartman Arena / Park City, Kan.
NOV 20 – The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 21 – The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 22 – Peoria Civic Center Theater / Peoria, Ill.
NOV 23 – The Vern Riffe Center For The Arts / Portsmouth, Ohio
NOV 24 – River City Casino / St. Louis, Mo.
NOV 30 – Memorial Hall / Independence, Kan.
DEC 01 – McCain Auditorium / Manhattan, Kan.
DEC 04 – UMBC Events Center / Baltimore, Md.
DEC 05 – Riviera Theatre / N. Tonawanda, N.Y.
DEC 06 – Palace Theatre / Greensburg, Pa.
DEC 07 – Roland E. Powell Convention Center / Ocean City, Md.
DEC 11 – Paramount Theater / Anderson, Ind.
DEC 14 – Honeywell Center / Wabash, Ind.
DEC 15 – Renfro Valley Entertainment Center / Renfro Valley, Ky.
DEC 18 – Mayo Civic Center Presentation / Rochester, Minn
DEC 19 – Five Flags Center / Dubuque, Iowa
DEC 20 – Shooting Star Casino Hotel / Mahnomen, Minn.
DEC 21 – Crystal Grand Music Theatre / Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
DEC 22 – Rialto Square Theatre / Joliet, Ill.
For the Oak Ridge Boys most up-to-date tour schedule, visit: oakridgeboys.com/tour
About The Oak Ridge Boys:
The Oak Ridge Boys, who have sold over 41 million units worldwide, are synonymous with “America, apple pie, baseball, pop, rock, gospel and country music.” In addition to their awards and accolades in the country and pop music fields, they have garnered five GRAMMY® Awards and nine GMA DOVE Awards as well as the Mainstream Artist of the Year Award at the ICM Awards. The group—Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban—have earned prestigious membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame (2015 Inductees) and Grand Ole Opry, and are known worldwide as one of recording history’s most extraordinary musical successes. They have charted single after single and album after album, celebrating one double-platinum album and one double-platinum single and more than 30 Top 10 hits, including No. 1 chart-toppers “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” among dozens more. For more information and to view upcoming tour dates for The Oak Ridge Boys, please visit oakridgeboys.com.