Greenblott wins award for anti-fraud work

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SUNDERLAND — Elliott Greenblott, a Vermont Fraud Watch Coordinator for AARP, received the 2018 GNATTY Award for exceptional service at Greater Northshire Access Television's annual volunteer appreciation event.

Greenblott, who writes a column for the Bennington Banner and its sister newspapers, the Manchester Journal, the Brattleboro Reformer and The Berkshire Eagle, hosts the regular series "Mr. Scammer."

GNAT-TV and Greenblott produced 15 shows and 17 special scam alerts, which provide specific information about the latest financial and identity scams. Viewers heard from experts on a variety of topics such as, identity theft, investment fraud and internet fraud.

"As a college student in the 1960s, I was introduced to the writings of Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan. I read his work and attended a couple of his lectures around the time he wrote 'The Medium is the Message,'" Greenblott said. "The power of media cannot be overstated and the reality is that GNAT-TV has given me a powerful tool in my campaign to bring the message to a wider audience."

"We are thankful to Kevin Moran from New England Newspapers for connecting Elliott and GNAT-TV," said GNAT-TV's executive director, Tammie Reilly. "The partnership with Elliot and the AARP Fraud Watch network meets GNAT-TV's mission to provide essential information to the public. Elliott provides practical and effective solutions with a little bit of wit. His dedication to co-producing the show and to serving the public is invaluable."

"Mr. Scammer" airs on Thursdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. on Channel 15 in Manchester and surrounding towns and Channel 8 in Stratton, Weston, and Londonderry. The program can also be viewed online at www.gnat-tv.org or www.gnat.tv.

GNAT is one of 25 community media centers broadcasting public, education and government content created by the community. GNAT serves the Southern Vermont towns of Arlington, Dorset, Manchester, Peru, Sunderland, Winhall, Londonderry, Weston and Stratton.

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