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June 2021 Consumer Financial Protection Virtual Events Announced

06/03/2021

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 June to promote financial capability as part of Governor Tom Wolf’s Consumer Financial Protection Initiative.  

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

Virtual Events For General Audiences

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

Red Flags of Abuse and Exploitation                               

June 9 from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
 

Protecting Loved Ones from Financial Exploitation with the PA Department of Aging

June 15 from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
 

What Can You Do Now to Protect Your Future Self from Fraud?

June 22 from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
 

Preventing Financial Exploitation Virtual Town Hall Discussion – PA Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts

June 23 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
 

Top 3 Scams Impacting Older Adults with the Office of Attorney General                      

June 29 from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
June 30 from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Register for Midweek Money Matters online.

Avoiding Scams and ID Theft – This presentation – looking at ways people’s identities are stolen or compromised, what you can do if you find you have had your identity stolen, and how to stop theft from occurring – will be offered:

  • Lancaster City Housing Authority (Lancaster County) on June 2 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. For additional information contact: Vasthi Dominguez, Resident Service Coordinator 717-283-0428 ext. 3041
  • Easttown Library and Information Center (Chester County) on June 17 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM. For more information and to participate contact: Rachel Hart, Reference Librarian 610-644-0138

Cybersecurity – Keeping Yourself Safe Online - This presentation - covering the use of secured websites, strong passwords, shopping safely online, and using social media as safely as possible – will be offered:

  • Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber (Allegheny County) on June 3 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM and June 4 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. To register go to: https://www.pghnorthchamber.com/, “Events Calendar" and then "Register."
  • Pike County Workforce Development Agency (Pike County) on June 9 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For additional information and to participate contact: Cynthia DeFebo, Director, Pike County Workforce Development Agency, cdefebo@pikepa.org or 570-296-2909.

Investing in Women - a presentation focusing on the unique financial challenges women face in banking and budgeting, credit, and investments – will be presented in partnership with Rep. Mary Isaacson on June 3 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. To register email: MHeinlein@pahouse.net or call 215-503-3245.

Saving and Investing - an introduction to saving for our future goals with an emphasis on investing as a way to build wealth, without having to be wealthy to do it. No matter how much or little you have, this session will give you simple steps to gain financial security – will be presented on June 10 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg (Dauphin County). For additional information contact: Cheryl Yablon 717-236-9555 Ext. 3115.

Banking Basics - This presentation is an overview of how banks and credit unions work. We also discuss the differences between types of accounts; the importance of balancing accounts; what to do if you have had banking issues in the past; what types of questions you should ask before opening and account; and what deposit insurance does and does not cover – will be presented:

  • Cleve J. Fredricksen Library (Cumberland County) on June 22 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. To register go to: https://www.cumberlandcountylibraries.org/FRE then Business & Career Center @ Fredricksen (BCC)
  • Pike County Workforce Development Agency (Pike County) on June 25 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For additional information and to participate contact: Cynthia DeFebo, Director, Pike County Workforce Development Agency, cdefebo@pikepa.org or 570-296-2909.
     

Virtual Events For Senior Citizens

Fraud Bingo – This presentation - a fun and interactive game that teaches consumers how to protect themselves from investment fraud by playing BINGO - will be offered:

  • Montco SAAC (Montgomery County) on June 16 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. For additional information contact: Deirdre L. Rhodes, Program Coordinator 215-619-8863
  • Philadelphia Senior Center-Allegheny (Philadelphia County) on June 24 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. For additional information contact: Barbara Whitmore, 267-286-1455. 

Reverse Mortgages – What Can You Expect? - Topics in this presentation include: What is a Reverse Mortgage, What I need to qualify, What the procedures are for obtaining and retaining a Reverse Mortgage, financial requirements to obtain, alternative options to consider, what to avoid, drawbacks, your obligations and how you can repay the debt, will be presented on June 10 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the Windy Hill on the Campus (York County). For additional information contact: Tracy Haper, Assistant Director of Programming, (717) 225-0733 

Spending Plans - focusing on the need for a spending plan so that people can achieve their financial goals – will be presented:

·       New Horizon Senior Center (Montgomery County) on June 15 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. For additional information contact: Judy Ringold, Program Director, 610-664-2366

Virtual Events For Organizations and Service Providers

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 will be presented at the State Association of County Treasurers’ Annual Meeting on June 17 from 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM.

STaRT (Start Today and Retire Tomorrow) – This program discusses retirement planning. The goal is to help you determine what your retirement goals are and how to help you get there. No matter where you are in the timeline for retirement, early career, mid-career or late career, know that it’s never too late to STaRT – will be presented

  • Philadelphia Regional Office of the Department of Veterans Affairs on June 8 from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM and 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM. Open to Employees
  • Allegheny Unlimited Care Providers on June 30 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Open to Employees

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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