A free, public forum sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission will help Maine consumers to spot scams and avoid fraud. U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud says the event will be held Thursday morning in Auburn. Maine Attorney General Janet Mills and staff from the state Consumer Protection Department and other experts will also attend. Michaud, a Maine Democrat, announced the FTC forum after meeting with a Maine victim of a Jamaican phone scam last year. Michaud says the lengths criminals will go to steal from consumers is unconscionable. The forum is titled Being Scam Smart: Protecting Your Money and Identity from Fraud. Topics include Medicare fraud, identity theft and telemarketing, charities and fundraising, credit and loan offers, sweepstakes and lotteries, club membership offers and robocalls.