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Consumer Financial Protection Programs at Farm Show

Harrisburg, PA - Education and outreach staff from the Department of Banking and Securities will be meeting with groups of senior citizens, service providers, and the public throughout the month of January to promote financial capability as part of Governor Tom Wolf’s Consumer Financial Protection Initiative

For General Audiences
Staff will offer the following presentations during the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show in the Military and Veterans area located at the Agriculture 101 Stage located behind the Food Court in the Giant Expo Hall at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg (Dauphin County):

  • “Avoiding Scams and ID Theft” - which helps consumers protect themselves from financial scams as well as informs victims of scams on how to get help – will be offered on January 10 from 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM
  • Cybersecurity – Using the Internet Safely” – covering key topics such as using secure websites, creating strong passwords, being aware of what you put on social media, and how to avoid becoming a victim of a cyber scam – on January 10 from 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
  • “Save and Invest PA!” – encouraging consumers to begin to save and invest for their futures, including discussion on the types of investing, compound interest, and how starting younger helps pay off in the long run – on January 10 from 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM

The STaRT (Start Today and Retire Tomorrow) program – which focuses on retirement planning, setting goals, and how to achieve those goals – will be offered at the following locations:

  • Lancaster Public Library at 125 North Duke Street in Lancaster (Lancaster County) on January 12 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Avon Grove Library at 117 Rosehill Avenue in West Grove (Chester County) on January 26 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The presentation “Investment Fraud Bingo” – an interactive presentation to help participants learn ways to protect themselves from investment frauds – will be offered during two sessions at the PA CareerLink Lawrence County at 102 Margaret Street in New Castle (Lawrence County) on January 31 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

For Senior Citizens
Outreach staff will offer “Investment Fraud Bingo” at the Gettysburg Senior Center at Gettysburg Presbyterian Church, 142 N. Stratton Street in Gettysburg (Adams County) on January 10 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

The presentation “Avoiding Scams and ID Theft” will be offered at the Good Neighbor Senior Center at 1085 Hook Road in Darby (Delaware County) on January 24 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.

For Service Providers
The presentation “Senior$afe” – which helps professionals recognize financial exploitation and learn the steps to take when abuse of elderly clients is suspected – will be offered in Mechanicsburg (Cumberland County) on January 30. (Open to invited guests ONLY)

Outreach staff will offer “Investment Fraud Bingo” to staff only at the following locations:

  • PA CareerLink Mercer County in Sharon (Mercer County) on January 30 from 8:45 AM to 9:45 AM (Open to CareerLink Staff ONLY)
  • PA CareerLink Lawrence County in New Castle (Lawrence County) on January 31 from 8:45 AM to 9:45 AM (Open to CareerLink Staff ONLY)

The department’s Investor Education and Consumer Outreach staff works with state and local government agencies, service providers, community and trade organizations, the General Assembly, the military community, schools, and other partners to help Pennsylvanians across the commonwealth become well-informed about the financial marketplace. There are a variety of free, non-commercial programs and presentations available, or a program can be tailored to a specific group’s needs.

The department’s Calendar of Events can be found online here. Consumers and community groups can call 1-800-PA-BANKS or email for more information. To learn more about the Consumer Financial Protection Initiative, search #GovWolfCFPI on Twitter. 

MEDIA CONTACT: Virginia Lucy - 717.214.4759

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