The Idaho Scam Jam Alliance (ISJA) is a broad-based coalition of non-profit organizations and state agencies with the goal of educating and arming the public with the tools they need to identify and stay protected from fraud and identity theft.
The primary function of the ISJA is to educate Idahoans through events called Scam Jams. Scam Jams are full day interactive conferences in various communities throughout Idaho that feature national, regional and local fraud experts. The ISJA believes that problems are solved when people start talking. By having conversations at the community and local level, people are more equipped to spot and avoid scams.
In addition to breakout sessions and speakers, Scam Jam participants also receive literature and other materials to share with friends and family to help them identify fraud and protect against victimization.
Scam Jams are important because con artists have several ways of stealing hard-earned money, including phishing scams, tech-support scams, gold coin scams, oil and gas scams, sweepstakes and lottery scams, grandparent scams and many more. Although their methods are different, research shows that the tactics scammers use are the same.
The access to information that the Scam Jams provide is invaluable in the fight against fraud at the local level and across Idaho.