FRAUD PREVENTION SEMINAR
COMING TO SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON FOR FIRST TIME
CONSUMER PROTECTION WASHINGTON
BRINGS FREE SEMINAR TO VANCOUVER
Millions of people get scammed every year, with older adults at a higher risk than any other group. To help you or those you care for protect themselves from scams, Consumer Protection Washington is bringing a fraud prevention workshop to SW Washington for the first time on May 20. Consumer Protection Washington is a group of consumer protection outreach specialists from several agencies and organizations, including the Secretary of State’s Charities Program. Volunteer Connections, a program of the Human Services Council, SW Washington Elder Abuse Prevention and The Quarry Senior Living Community are hosting the free reserved seat event.
The program begins at 10:00 a.m. and runs till 3:00 p.m. at The Quarry, a senior living community, located at 415 SE 177th Ave. near the Columbia Tech Center in Vancouver. Reserved seating is limited. To reserve a free seat, call Jade at 360-735-3692 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for reserving a seat is May 17.
The program features information on charity fraud, identity theft, scams specific to senior citizens, investment fraud, contractor fraud, insurance consumer protection and a program called Scam Tracker. Detective Tom Mitchum Major Crimes Fraud and Forgery Unit of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, will speak at 2:30 p.m. detailing what local law enforcement has investigated and what to do to protect yourself. Detective Mitchum has investigated numerous fraud and identity theft cases as part of the Sheriff’s Offices Major Crimes Unit. He shares his knowledge and expertise on current scams and crime trends to numerous corporate and community groups. He has also taught Financial Criminal Investigation classes for the Washington State Training Commission, Clark County Reserve, and Citizen’s Academy. The agencies presenting information include the Secretary of State’s Charities office, Federal Trade Commission, Attorney General’s office, Department of Financial Institutions, Labor and Industries, Office of the Insurance Commissioner, and the Better Business Bureau.
A light lunch will be provided courtesy of SW Washington Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition. Sponsors of the event are The Human Services Council Volunteer Connections, SWEAP, and The Quarry.