Rage Against Scams

Date: Thursday May 13th
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: SV Public Library
Presented by: American Southwest Credit Union
Fraud, scams, identity theft and vulnerable adult financial abuse are on the rise at an astronomical rate.
Most incidents are never reported. It is estimated that 3 in 10 people have fallen victim to some type of
scam and almost 100% of people encounter some type of scam on a monthly, if not weekly basis.
We are all targets.
Rage Against Scams is a free presentation which teaches community members what scams are, what to
look out for, and how to protect themselves and their loved ones both on-line and in their day to day
lives. We also incorporate the signs of elder financial abuse and how to stop it.
Topics include:
• Cyber-crimes, ransomware, phishing schemes, scams and fraud, identity theft, title theft, & elder
financial abuse
• What causes people to fall victim to scams and why are we all vulnerable?
• The latest scams to look out for
• Best practices to shop on-line
• Safe banking practices. Stop credit card offers
• 10 ways to protect your data at home
• Ways to protect your data online including anti-spyware/malware, encryption software, & more
• Protecting yourself against identity theft
• Protecting your credit and how to eliminate excess mail
• Elder Financial Abuse: Recognizing when your loved ones may need help with finances & how to protect
them from criminals
• How and where to report various scams: Different agencies work with different scams. In all cases local
law enforcement should be contacted, but there are 4-6 other agencies that should be contacted as
well, depending on the type of scam and who the target is.
• Rage Against Scams teaches “PSST.” It is impossible to know every scam our there so how can we
possibly protect ourselves? If we learn & practice PSST, we will be a lot safer.
A free information packet is given out at the end of the session. This packet contains an easy reference
reporting guide with contact information to the various agencies to report crimes to. The packet also
contains a simplified check-list of things you can do to protect yourself, and further reading materials from
the FBI, Federal Bureau of Consumer Protection, and the Federal Trade Commission

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