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June Consumer Financial Protection Events Announced

05/24/2024

Harrisburg, PA - Education and outreach staff from the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (DoBS) will be hosting and participating in numerous presentations for groups of senior citizens, service providers and the public throughout the month of June to promote financial capability and provide investor education. 

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

EVENTS FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC 

Elder Financial Abuse and Scam Prevention: This presentation educates the public to recognize when the older adults in their lives may be vulnerable to or victims of financial abuse, particularly those with mild cognitive impairment. The program also teaches individuals how to refer these at-risk older adults to the appropriate law enforcement or local adult protective services office. This session also discusses the most common types of frauds and scams and provides information on what to do if you become a victim.

  • Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Ave., Phoenixville (Chester County) on June 6 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. For additional information contact Mark Pinto at 610-933-3013 or mpinto@ccls.org.

$camJam!: A fun and interactive event that brings experts in law enforcement and state agencies together to educate target audiences on how to protect their money from financial fraud and abuse. Between key sessions attendees get to play Fraud BINGO – they may even win a prize! This program is in partnership with AARP Pennsylvania.

  • Kauffman Ruritan Community Center, 7289 Ruritan Drive, Chambersburg (Franklin County) on June 11 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM. For additional information contact Tawnya Hurley at 717-263-2153 or tshurley@franklincountypa.gov
  • Friedens Lutheran Church, 131 South Main St., Friedens (Somerset County) on June 14 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For additional information contact Jessica Berkey at 814-443-2681 or jberkey@somersetaaa.org.

Cybersecurity – Staying Safe Online: Whatever your age, understanding how to keep your information safe and secure online is vitally important for everyone. This presentation covers key topics like using secure websites, creating strong passwords, being aware of what you put on social media, and even tips for shopping online safely. 

  • Cleve J Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill (Cumberland County) on June 13 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. For additional information contact Amanda Scharrer at 717-761-3900 or ascharrer@cumberlandcountylibraries.org.

Avoiding ID Theft – This presentation takes a look 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.

  • Bosler Memorial Library, 158 W High St., Carlisle (Cumberland County) on June 25 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. For additional information contact Logan Wolf at 717-243-4642 or lawolf@cumberlandcountylibraries.org.

Fraud BINGO: A fun and interactive presentation that teaches consumers how to protect themselves from investment fraud by playing a familiar game – BINGO! Every day people get “scammed” out of THOUSANDS of dollars. Many times, it’s those who can least afford to lose the money!

  • Special Olympics Pennsylvania, 2570 Blvd. of the Generals, Suite 124 Norristown (Montgomery County) on June 25 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Open to program athletes only. For additional information contact Jordan Schubert at 610-630-9450 or jschubert@specialolympicspa.org.

  

EVENTS FOR OLDER ADULTS 

Cybersecurity – Staying Safe Online: Whatever your age, understanding how to keep your information safe and secure online is vitally important for everyone. This presentation covers key topics like using secure websites, creating strong passwords, being aware of what you put on social media, and even tips for shopping online safely. 

  • St. Vincent Seniors, St. Vincent De Paul Church, 101 St. Vincent Drive, Milford (Pike County) on June 6 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM. Open to members only. For additional information contact Diane Meyerhoff at Stvincentsseniorclub@outlook.com.

Fraud BINGO: A fun and interactive presentation that teaches consumers how to protect themselves from investment fraud by playing a familiar game – BINGO! Every day people get “scammed” out of THOUSANDS of dollars. Many times, it’s those who can least afford to lose the money!

  • YAH (Young At Heart) Club, Calvary United Methodist Church, 4700 Locust Lane, Harrisburg (Dauphin County) on June 11 from 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM. Open to members only. For additional information contact George Dillman at gdillman@pa.gov.
  • Potter/Tioga County PA Association of School Retirees - Wellsboro United Methodist Church, 36 Main St., Wellsboro (Tioga County) on June 13 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Open to members only. For additional information contact Susan Van Dusen at smvd1921@gmail.com.
  • Knoxville Active Living Center, 305 East Main St., Room 5, Knoxville (Tioga County) on June 27 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Open to members only. For additional information contact Belinda Flynn at 570-723-0935 or knoxvillesc@bsstaaa.org.
  • Garrett Miller Senior Center, 37 Back St., Millerton (Tioga County) on June 27 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Open to members only. For additional information contact Belinda Flynn at 570-723-0935 or knoxvillesc@bsstaaa.org.

Popular Scams and How to Avoid Them: Every day people are getting scammed out of THOUSANDS of dollars by so called “professionals” looking to separate them from their hard-earned money. This presentation introduces us to commonly used tactics, what to look for and how to avoid them.

  • Blain Senior Citizen and Community Center, 7 Blain Road, Blain (Perry County) on June 12 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Open to members only. For additional information contact Alex Foley at 717-536-3630 or centerblain@gmail.com.
  • Laurel View Village, 2000 Cambridge Drive, Davidsville (Somerset County) on June 13 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Open to residents and their guests only. For additional information contact Rachel Wachter at 814-205-6846 or rwachter@lvv1.com. 

 

LEGISLATIVE EXPOS AND EVENTS 

Outreach staff will also be available at the following legislative events: 

  • Centre County Aging & Rep. Kerry Benninghoff’s $camJam: Centre Region Active Adult Center, Nittany Mall, Space 990 – 2901 E. College Ave., State College (Centre County) on June 21 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Attendees should use “Entrance A” when entering the mall. This program is in partnership with AARP Pennsylvania. For additional information contact Sheri Neal-Gummo at 814-355-6716 or Skneale-gummo@centrecountypa.gov.
  • Rep. Maureen Madden and Rep. Tarah Probst’s Women’s Expo: Stroudsburg High School Cafeteria, 1100 W. Main St., Stroudsburg (Monroe County) on June 22 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. For additional information contact Erin DeRosa at 570-420-2850 or ederosa@pahouse.net.
  • Rep. Tom Mehaffie’s $camJam: East Hanover Township Community Building, 8848 Jonestown Road, Grantville (Dauphin County) on June 28 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For additional information contact Mark Zerbe at 717-534-1323 or mzerbe@pahousegop.com.   

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.  

MEDIA CONTACT: Joan Nissley - DoBSComm@PA.gov

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