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December 2020 Consumer Financial Protection Virtual Events Announced

12/01/2020

Harrisburg, PA - Education and outreach staff from the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (DoBS) will be hosting and participating in numerous virtual presentations for groups of senior citizens, service providers, and the public throughout the month of December to promote financial capability as part of Governor Tom Wolf’s Consumer Financial Protection Initiative.  

All December outreach events will be held virtually and in partnership with the listed organizations. The events are open to the public unless otherwise noted.

“Learning about making smart financial decisions is important all of the time, even in a pandemic,” said Secretary of Banking and Securities Richard Vague. “These free, virtual resources and programs are a great way to learn more about your finances from the comfort of our own home.”

Virtual Events For General Audiences

Midweek Money Matters – a virtual series covering a variety of financial topics – will be presented on:

Cybersecurity: Tips for Holiday Shopping           
December 1 from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
December 2 from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

5 Steps for ID Theft Victims                                    
December 8 from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
December 9 from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Detecting Impersonator Scams                            
December 15 from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
December 16 from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Checking Your Credit Report: Spotting ID Theft 
December 22 from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
December 23 from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Budgeting to Reach Your New Year’s Goals       
December 29 from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
December 30 from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Register for Midweek Money Matters online.

 Cybersecurity: Tips for Holiday Shopping - Whatever your age, understanding how to keep your information safe and secure online is vitally important for everyone. This presentation - highlighting tips for shopping online safely, specifically during this busy holiday shopping season – will be presented:

  • Cleve J. Fredricksen Library (Cumberland County) on December 8 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Register by visiting theBusiness & Career Center @ Fredricksen (BCC).

  • Slippery Rock Community Library (Butler County) on December 10 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. To attend contact Karen Pierce at 724-738-9179 or srcl@bcfls.org

Working with DoBS - This presentation helps participants understand our department, the businesses we regulate; how people can work with our outreach staff, as well as our Consumer Services team. It also explains how we use the information we gather from the public to help our compliance, examination, and investigation team. It will be presented:

  • PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources (Crawford County) on December 8 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. To register contact Kathy Freeman at 814-923-8366 or information@activeaging.org.

Spending Plans – A Road to Financial Success - This presentation focuses on the need for a spending plan to achieve financial goals. We discuss wants and needs; setting SMART goals; creating a spending plan; putting the plan into action; as well as periodically reviewing goals and spending plans in order to ensure that you can stay on track. It will be presented:

  • Delaware County Library (Delaware County) on December 29 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. To register visit the Delco Library event page and select “Begin Registration.”  

 Virtual Events For Senior Citizens

Fraud BINGO - A fun and interactive virtual presentation that teaches consumers how to protect themselves from investment and other financial fraud by playing a familiar game: Bingo

  • Montco SAAC (Montgomery County) on December 1 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Open to Senior Center members. To participate contact Susan Edgren for invitation at 610-275-1960.

  • Red Land Senior Center (York County) on December 1 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM. For information contact Jen Washburn, Executive Director, at 717-938-4649.

  • Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg (Dauphin County) on December 15 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For additional information contact Cheryl Yablon, Senior Adult Director c.yablon@jewishfedhbg.org.

Reverse Mortgages – What Can You Expect? – This presentation – an overview of reverse mortgages and questions and considerations to think through –  will be presented:

  • Foster Grandparent Program (Bradford County) on December 3 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Open to program members.

  • Oley Valley Community Library (Berks County) on December 8 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Contact ovclibrary@gmail.com to register or for more information.

  • Philadelphia Senior Center - Avenue of the Arts (Philadelphia County) on December 17 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. For information and participation contact Edwina Griggs at 215-546-5879 ext. 229.

Cybersecurity: Keeping Yourself Safe Online – will be presented:

  • Messiah Lifeways/Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning (Cumberland County) on December 2 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM. Open to Senior Center members.

  • Lancaster Neighborhood Senior Center (Lancaster County) on December 4 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Open to Senior Center members.

  • Chicora Senior Center (Butler County) on December 7 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Contact the Agency on Aging office at 724-282-3008 and reserve 48 hours in advance to attend.

  • South East Senior Center (Butler County) on December 10 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Open to Senior Center members.

  • Cranberry Senior Center (Butler County) on December 14 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Open to Senior Center members.

  • Mt. Chestnut Senior Center (Butler County) on December 21 from 11:00 AM to 12:00PM. Open to Senior Center members.

Avoiding Scams and ID Theft – will be presented:

  • Mansfield Senior Center (Tioga County) on December 16 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Open to Senior Center members. To participate contact Dawn Vetter, Senior Center Manager at 570-662-2130.

DoBS Investor Education and Consumer Outreach staff work 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.

Learn more about the free, non-commercial programs and presentations available or contact us to request a program tailored to your specific needs.

Visit the department's calendar of events to find an event near you. Consumers and community groups can call 1-800-PA-BANKS or email informed@pa.gov for more information. To learn more about the Consumer Financial Protection Initiative, follow the department on Twitter and Facebook.

Visit the commonwealth's Responding to COVID-19 guide for the latest guidance and resources for Pennsylvanians or the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s dedicated coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Virginia Lucy - 717.214.6036, DoBSComm@PA.gov

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