COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – To educate seniors and local residents about the dangers of common scams and fraud, state Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, will be hosting a Senior Fraud Seminar with the Illinois Attorney General’s office. The seminar will be held on Monday, Jan. 6 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Collinsville Senior Center.
“Every few months, I team up with staff at the Illinois Attorney General’s office to talk about the most common and new types of scams that typically target vulnerable, older adults,” said Stuart. “As scammers adapt and try out new ways to steal financial information from our seniors, I try to ensure that our local residents have the most up-to-date information from the Attorney General.”
Stuart serves as co-chair of the Elder Abuse Task Force, a task force committed to investigating and improving current Illinois laws and protections for senior citizens. Her seminar will discuss the most common scams that target older adults, and ways that seniors and their family members can help protect themselves from scams. Financial experts from the Attorney General’s office will be available to take questions and offer state information and resources to attendees.
“The best way to combat fraud is to be proactive and recognize the warning signs of a potential scam,” continued Stuart. “I encourage seniors and their loved ones to attend this event to learn how to protect themselves from financial harm.”
For more information about protecting older citizens or reporting cases of abuse, visit http://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/seniors/index.html.