Refuse To Be A Victim® Instructor Development Workshop first weekend of November

Refuse to be a Victim Program Coordinator Bethany Mullen is conducting an Instructor Development Workshop here at NRA Headquarters during the Halloween weekend. Here she is with the details ...

Fairfax, Virginia - When people think of the National Rifle Association, naturally they think of firearms. But did you know that the NRA offers a personal safety and crime prevention program that barely talks about firearms at all? That's right, we are committed to the safety of all people, whether or not they own firearms. That's why we created Refuse To Be A Victim® 21 years ago.

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When you share too much your privacy and personal information is no longer your own

Fairfax, Virginia - By now we’re all familiar with the infamous Nigerian Email scam; an unjustly deposed prince or official is in fear for their life and fleeing for the U.S. with $20,000,000 in tow. If you can front the prince (or official) a few thousand dollars then we’ll be be happy to send 10% of the treasure your way.

All such communications should be chalked up to the “if it sounds too good to be true it probably isn’t” category.

But the cyber cons don’t stop there. In the days where social media has all but takes over our monitors, it’s become all to clear that sharing every little aspect of your life comes with potential consequences. Enter NRA’s Refuse to be a Victim program.

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Don't get looking for a quick buck when the con artists call

NRA's Refuse to be a Victim program Fairfax, Virginia - During the first 6 months of 2014, the Federal Trade Commission received more than 12,000 complaints about scams involving people impersonating IRS agents. That's 36 times more complaints than the same period in 2013 received! Be very wary of the following scams:

  • Someone calls or emails saying they're from the IRS and you owe money. They say if you don't pay immediately, a warrant could be issued for your arrest.
  • Sometimes they recite personal information such as the last 4 digits of your Social Security number to sound credible. The number on the caller ID might even look legitimate or imitate the IRS toll-free number or the email address might be similar to actual IRS email addresses
  • Someone promises you a big refund if you let them prepare your taxes. People generally prey on people who do not have a filing requirement, such as low-income individuals or the elderly. They also target non-English speaking individuals. They charge big money for bad advice or worse yet, file the return and have the refund deposited into their account.
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Summer time usually means fun and sun but unfortunate it also bring out scammers and con artists. Look out for these common summer scams!

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NRA's National Community Outreach Manager Eric Lipp is back with a collection summer scams to keep an eye out for ...

Home improvement scams are common because summer is often a time for repairs and upgrades, and homeowners are often vulnerable to people offering home repairs. Some ploys include repairmen that do only superficial repairs to make something look nicer, or start a job and then add extra costs that are necessary in order to complete the job. Others may simply take your deposit money and then disappear into thin air.

To avoid this, make sure you check references and be leery of anyone appearing out of the blue offering home improvement services or those who are not insured... Read the rest of Refuse to a Victim's summer scammer tips ...

Criminals can steal your information without even entering your home!

NRA Refuse To Be A Victim program logo Fairfax, Virginia - You can never be too safe out there.

Whether in the home or on the road, the potential for danger is all around you. Where you park, where you walk and how you act online put you in the potential crosshairs. That's where NRA's Refuse to be a Victim program comes into play.

"To make sure everyone stays on their toes, we like to send out reminders and tips to our students," said Bethany Mullen, NRA's Refuse to be a Victim coordinator. "But there's no reason why you can't share them with your readers too."

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Online program from the NRA geared to create instructors throughout the United States

NRA's Refuse to be Victim seminar Fairfax, Virginia - New jobs are always going to make you nervous.

No matter what your background, experience, or standing in the business community, there's going to be some apprehension when sitting behind the big desk for the first time. Usually you're asked to do one of two things; wait for the work to come to you or hit the ground running. For Bethany Weeks, now Bethany Mullen, it was time to run.

"There was no other choice," said Mullen.

For when Mullen walked in the doors of the National Rifle Association, she did so as Program Coordinator for their Refuse to be a Victim program — one of NRA's few ... Find out more about NRA's online Refuse to be a Victim Instructor program ...

NRA Webinar covering Women on Target, Refuse to be a Victim and Wilderness Escape

Fairfax, Virginia - While NRA's programs are meant for everyone, we do have a few that specifically cater to those of female persuasion. Programs created to welcome women into the wonderful world of shooting sports. Along with said programs are awards, endowments, scholarship and matches to match. But I'm might as well be talking Klingon to most of you, right? Here's how we're going to fix that.

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Wondering what to do today at the NRA Convention? We've got Governors, workshops and more ...

9 acres of guns at the NRA Convention in Indy

Indianapolis, Indiana - Day one at the 2014 NRA Annual Meeting was a doozy. Hundreds of thousand of members traveling from across the United States to celebrate a taste of the freedom they hold so dear. And boy were they rewarded. In addition to the hundreds of vendors lining the halls and walkways of the Indiana Convention Center, there were workshops, seminars and a little thing we like to call the NRA Country Jam.

Though there wasn't room for everyone to enjoy everything, that doesn't mean there isn't more fun, informative, and potential lifesaving experiences waiting to be had. Some are more fun than lifesaving, but that doesn't mean one should be pushed aside in favor of the other. We leave that choice up to you.

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Refuse To Be A Victim celebrates 20 years of crime prevention and safety techniques

As NRAblog prepares to usher in 2014, Lars and I have gone through our stories from the past year and created 'Best Of' lists containing our five biggest events of 2013. Between all of the big events - both planned and unplanned - that we saw and the difficult task of actually recalling far off times like "February" and "April," it was no easy task. Without further ado, my list:

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At #5 I have chosen Refuse To Be A Victim's 20th anniversary, as it let us stop and reflect on how much good the program has accomplished in its short time. Beginning in 1993, at the cusp of the United States' historic decline in crime rates, the National Rifle Association's Women's Policy Committee met with the goal of helping women avoid victimization. The idea the committee conceived of was Refuse To Be A Victim; taught by women and for women with a focus on becoming a less appealing target to criminals. Twenty years later the program has undergone a number of positive changes, but the objective remains the same.

The first three years of Refuse To Be A Victim proved the demand for education on crime prevention skills as more than 3,500 women attended a class. In its fourth year, after a high demand from men seeking the same education, the class became co-ed an its popularity skyrocketed.

Over its 20 year history, Refuse To Be A Victim has taught common sense safety tips to more than 100,000 people. Many attendees have enjoyed the program so much that they sought to become instructors, leading to the creation of the Instructor Development Workshop (IDW) and most recently the Online Instructor Training course. Now sporting 3,800 instructors, more than 500 Refuse To Be A Victim events are held annually throughout all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, England, Costa Rico, Puerto Rico, Tahiti and Trinidad and Tobago.

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