September 26 Workshop: How to Avoid fraud, scams, and identity theft
People age 50 and older control more than 70 percent of the nation's wealth today and the scammers know it. They’re using the telephone, U.S. mail, email, and the Internet and may even appear on your doorstep trying to get your money. New technology has made it easier for criminals to gain access to our personal information and savings, and for some of us, aging-related issues like memory loss can increase vulnerability. Understanding the latest trends and tactics in fraud can help us all to protect our own savings and help others who are more vulnerable.
This AARP-designed workshop is based on the analysis of undercover FBI recordings of con artists in action. AARP has partnered with the FBI on the national level to educate people about financial crime because the best defense is to prevent crime in the first place. Topics covered range from consumer fraud, scams, identity theft, and cyber security to credit card theft and financial theft within the family.
Our workshop leader, Jay Haapala, is the associate state director of Community Outreach with AARP Minnesota. He also leads the state’s Fraud Watch Network, which serves to educate consumers about fraud, scams, and identity theft. Haapala and AARP Fraud Fighter volunteers have met with more than 400 community groups across the state, law enforcement officials, and fraud investigators, learning how people are being targeted by financial crime right here in Minnesota. Haapala has worked and served in the Minnesota nonprofit sector for 18 years building volunteer programs, and now is doing the same to build a network of fraud fighter volunteers with AARP.
Join us after the UMRA luncheon at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 26, for this important and timely workshop. The money and identity you save could be your own!