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January 2020 Consumer Financial Protection Events Announced

Harrisburg, PA - Education and outreach staff from the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (DoBS) will be meeting with groups of senior citizens, veterans, 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 Audience

 Pennsylvania Farm Show presentations – DoBS Staff will offer the following presentations during the 104th Pennsylvania Farm Show 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):

  • “Detecting and Avoiding Scams” – Helps consumers protect themselves from financial scams as well as informs victims of scams on how to get help. Will be offered on Jan. 10 from 10:00 AM to 10:20 AM.

  • “Save and Invest 101” – Know the differences between saving and investing and learn about different types of basic investing avenues. Will be offered on Jan. 10 from 12:30 PM to 12:50 PM.

  • “Cybersecurity – Protecting Yourself Online” – Learn how to use secure websites, create strong passwords, be aware of what you put on social media, and how to avoid becoming a victim of a scam. Will be offered on Jan. 10 from 2:00 PM to 2:20 PM.

Avoiding Scams and ID Theft – A program that looks at how identities are stolen or compromised, and ways to protect yourself. Will be offered at the Easttown Library, 720 First Avenue in Berwyn (Chester County) on Jan. 16 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

“Scam Jam” – Featuring presentations from the Allegheny County DA’s Office, PA Attorney General’s Office and DoBS. Will take place at Temple Emanuel of South Hills, 1250 Bower Hill Road in Pittsburgh (Allegheny County) on Jan. 21 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Registration is highly encouraged:

“Start Today and Retire Tomorrow (START)” - A retirement planning program and how to help you get there. Will be presented at the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library, Business and Career Center, at 100 N. 19TH Street in Camp Hill (Cumberland County) on Jan. 13 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

For Senior Citizens

“Fraud BINGO” will be offered at the following locations:

  • Northern Blair Senior Center at 505 3rd Street in Tyrone (Blair County) on Jan. 6 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM.

  • Abington Senior Community Center at 1151 Winola Road in Clarks Summit (Lackawanna County) on Jan. 15 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

  • Plains Active Adult Center at 50 2nd Street in Wilkes-Barre (Luzerne County) on Jan. 16 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Avoiding Scams and ID Theft will be offered at the Linda Kohut/Pittston Active Adult Center at 441 N. Main St. in Pittston (Luzerne County) on Jan. 8 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Spending Plans: A Road to Financial Success - A program to help retirees manage retirement finances – will be presented at the McSherrystown Senior Center at 201 S. 3rd Street in McSherrystown (Adams County) on Jan. 3 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Cybersecurity: Keeping Yourself Safe Online – A program designed to help build cyber awareness – will be presented at Heritage Senior Center, 3700 Davidsburg Road in Dover (York County) on Jan. 7 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. 

Your Retirement Nest Egg: Making It Last – A presentation looking at retirement income in two parts: how to make what you have last, and how to protect it from investment scams, will be offered at KleinLife Montgomery County, 7763 Old York Road in Elkins Park (Montgomery County) on Jan. 23 from 10:15 AM to 11:10 AM.

For Military and Veterans

The Department of Banking and Securities will participate in the Military and Veteran day at the PA Farm Show on Jan. 9 from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. We will have publications on investing and consumer protection at Booth #255.

For Organizations and Service Providers

DoBS staff will present “Fraud BINGO” to current and past patients and staff of Madden Physical Therapy at 125 South Johnson Street in Harrisburg (Dauphin County) on Jan. 28 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

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. 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: Meredith Noll - 717-214-4759,

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