Comunicado de Prensa Nº 2 - 12 de Febrero de 2010

Senior Scams: How to Fight Back

For Immediate Release: February 12, 2010
Contacts: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282

Senior Scams: How to Fight Back

Informational Program at San Francisco Main Library,
April 8, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

San Francisco Public Library is bringing together experts from the State Bar of California and Consumer Action to help seniors and their caregivers avoid scams and financial frauds that are perpetuated on the elder community.

The program, Senior Scams: How to Fight Back, will be held Thursday, April 8, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Latino Hispanic Community Meeting Room at the San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St. John O’Grady from the State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section, and Mikael Wagner of Consumer Action will provide insight on identifying financial scams targeting seniors, offer advice for fighting back, highlight examples of real situations and answer questions from the audience. The program will begin with a short video prepared by the State Bar.

Among the scams to be discussed are examples where seniors were conned into signing away their life savings by deceitful financial planners; the selling of inflated and unnecessary insurance policies and funeral and cemetery service frauds; and cases of unscrupulous door-to-door sales solicitations offering expensive goods or services to unsuspecting seniors.

O’Grady practices trust and estate planning law and volunteers with the State Bar to offer programs on elder abuse and fraud. Wagner is an expert on a variety of consumer protection topics including senior scams.

The Senior Scams program is being organized by the library’s Business, Science and Technology Center and is held in connection with SFPL’s Wise Up, a series of library classes and programs for learning and living well at any age. Watch for additional Senior Scams programs in SFPL branch libraries in the near future.

All programs at the library are free and open to the public.

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