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April 2022 Consumer Financial Protection Events Announced

04/01/2022

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

Most April outreach events will be held virtually and are open to the public, unless otherwise noted, and in partnership with the listed organizations.

For General Audiences

Popular Scams and How to Avoid Them – a presentation that looks at some of the common scams and ways you can protect yourself from becoming a victim – will be offered virtually to:

  • Bosler Memorial Library at 158 W High Street in Carlisle (Cumberland County) on April 2 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For more information email: bosler.community@gmail.com.

  • Easttown Library at 720 First Avenue in Berwyn (Chester County) on April 7 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Register: https://www.easttownlibrary.org/.

“Fraud BINGO” – a fun and interactive presentation teaching consumers to protect themselves from investment fraud by playing a familiar game, BINGO! – will be presented at:

  • Ephrata Public Library (virtual) at 550 S Reading Road in Ephrata (Lancaster County) on April 4 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For more information contact the library at 717-738-9291.

  • Cedar Grove BIC Church (in person) at 287 Deerville Road in Mifflintown (Juniata County) on April 5 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. For additional information and to attend contact: Dan Auker, District Manager for Rep. Johnathan Hershey, 717-436-6001

  • Warminster Township Library (virtual) in Warminster (Bucks County) on April 5 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Register: https://calendar.buckslib.org/event/8780898  

STaRT (Start Today and Retire Tomorrow) – a presentation on retirement planning – will be offered in person at Malvern Public Library at 1 East 1st Avenue in Malvern (Chester County) on April 4 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Register: https://www.malvern-library.org/

Reverse Mortgages – What Can You Expect? – an overview of reverse mortgages, including requirements, considerations, and pros and cons – will be offered virtually at the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library at 100 N 19th Street in Camp Hill (Cumberland County) on April 12 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Register: https://www.cumberlandcountylibraries.org/FRE

Avoiding ID Theft - Identity theft is a crime that can happen to anyone. Prevention is critical. Learn how it occurs, how to protect yourself and steps to take if it happens to you – will be offered virtually at the Pike County Public Library at 119 E Hartford Street in Milford (Pike County) on April 27 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. For additional information and registration contact: Michael Mele, Program Coordinator, 570-296-8211.

Cybersecurity – Keeping Yourself Safe Online - providing tips for protecting your personal information while shopping safely online - will be presented virtually at the Bosler Memorial Library in Carlisle (Cumberland County) on April 30 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For additional information and registration, email: bosler.community@gmail.com.

For Senior Citizens

Working with DoBS – an overview of the department, how to work with our outreach staff, and how the Consumers Service Office team may be able to assist consumers with questions or complaints regarding financial institutions – will be presented at New Horizon Senior Center at 100 Conway Ave in Narberth (Montgomery County) on April 1 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. For information, contact: Judy Ringold, 610-664-2366.

Banking Basics - an overview of how banks and credit unions work, different account types, 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 offered in person at the Charles T. Adams Active Adult Center at 5 East Market Street in Wilkes-Barre (Luzerne County) on April 13 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For additional information, contact: Toni Mathis, Director, at: (570) 825-3484

$CAMJAM – an interactive and fun filled presentation featuring bingo and information about protecting yourself from frauds and scams will be offered at Messiah Lifeways, Hostetter Enrichment Center at 100 Mount Allen Drive in Mechanicsburg (Cumberland County) on April 14 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. For additional information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scamjam-pathways-institute-for-lifelong-learning-tickets-308863036657.

“Fraud BINGO” will be presented in person at:

  • Heritage Senior Center at 3700-4 Davidsburg Road in Dover (York County) on April 14 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. For additional information, contact: Stacy Hieber, Assistant Director, 717-292-7471.

  • Cranberry Township Senior Center at 2525 Rochester Rd Ste 421 in Cranberry Township (Butler County) on April 20 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For additional information, contact: Brittany Buzzelli, BBuzzell@co.butler.pa.us

  • Southeast Senior Center at 200 Brose Road in Cabot (Butler County) on April 21 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For additional information, contact: Brittany Buzzelli,  BBuzzell@co.butler.pa.us

  • Concordia Haven Apartments at Haven 1, 112 Marwood Road in Cabot (Butler County) on April 21 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. For additional information, contact: Chantelle Sweeney or Kasandra Walker, 724-352-1571

  • Berks Encore-Strausstown at 44 East Avenue in Strausstown (Berks County) on April 27 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM. For additional information, contact: Andrea Gebely, Director of Center Operations, 610-488-5770

Popular Scams and How to Avoid Them will be offered in person at Penns Creek Adult Resource Center at 3551 Richard Road in Middleburg (Snyder County) on April 25 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. For additional information, contact Chris Erb, Director, 570-837-6200.

For Organizations and Service Providers

Save and Invest PA! – a presentation for students introducing basic concepts or savings and investing – will be presented to:

  • Members of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg (Franklin County) on April 4 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Open to member of PBL.

  • Students at Penn State Abington in Abington (Montgomery County) on April 7 from 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM. Open to students.

Scam and ID Theft Prevention through Online Safety – a presentation on keeping yourself safe online and what to do if you become a victim of scams and/or identity theft – will be virtually offered to staff, parents, and caregivers of disabled individuals in partnership with the Youth Advocate Program on April 23 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. For more information, contact: Lori Burrus, lburrus@yapinc.org or 717-269-7969.

Popular Scams and How to Avoid Them will be offered virtually to the Lawrence County Chapter of retired PSEA Members in New Castle (Lawrence County) on April 11 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Open to members.

STaRT (Start Today and Retire Tomorrow) will be offered in person to the Berks SHRM Chapter at the Berkshire County Club at 1637 Bernville Road in Reading (Berks County) on April 12 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM. Open to members.

Fraud Bingo – will be presented to members of PASR Luzerne/Wyoming Chapter at 4 Newberry Estates in Dallas (Luzerne County) on April 6 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Open to members.

DoBS staff and the Nurse Family Partnership of Lehigh Valley (Monroe County) will continue its nine-session series looking at financial security for new families with the fifth and sixth sessions covering “Insurance 101” on April 5 and “Banking Basics in the 21st Century” on April 19 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. The program is open to partnership participants.

Avoiding ID Theft will be offered virtually to members of NARFE Chapter 0664 in Philadelphia (Philadelphia County) on April 20 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Open to members.

Spending Plans – A Roadmap to Financial Success – a presentation on the need for a spending plan, setting financial goals, creating and maintaining a spending plan, and staying on track with your finances – will be presented in partnership with PA CareerLink in Lancaster (Lancaster County) on April 28 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. For additional information, contact: Manuel Luna-Murray, Bilingual Job Search Facilitator, 717-925-7394.

Legislative Expos and Conferences

Outreach staff will be available at the following legislative expos and conferences:

  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Leadership Conference at Hershey Hotel and Conference Center in Hershey (Dauphin County) on April 12-13 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

  • Rep. Wendi Thomas’ Senior Expo at Spring Mill Manor at 171 Jacksonville Road in Ivyland (Bucks County) on April 21 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

  • Rep. Nancy Guenst and Rep. Ben Sanchez’ Senior Fair at Giant Food Store at 315 York Road in Willow Grove (Montgomery County) on April 29 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

DoBS 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.

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

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

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