HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Education and outreach staff from the Department of Banking and Securities will be meeting with senior citizens, students, members of the military and veteran communities, and the general public during the month of November to discuss financial topics as part of Governor Tom Wolf's Consumer Financial Protection Initiative.
For Senior Citizens
The presentation "Avoiding Scams and ID Theft" -- which helps consumers protect themselves from financial scams as well as inform victims of scams how to get help -- will be offered at the Older Adult Sunshine Center at 137 South 58th Street in Philadelphia on November 10 at 10:15 AM and at the Lodge Run Apartments in Portage (Cambria County) on November 23 at 11:00 AM.
The presentation "Creating a Spending Plan" – which outlines the differences between wants and needs; setting "SMART" goals; creating a spending plan; and putting the plan into action – will be offered at West Philadelphia Senior Center at 1016 North 41st Street in Philadelphia on November 16 at 10:30 AM.
Department staff will be participating in a "Scam Jam" at the RiverWalk Senior Center in South Williamsport (Lycoming County) on November 15 at from 9:30 AM to 12:15 PM. Scam Jam helps retirees and seniors learn to better detect and avoid financial scams through games like Investment Fraud Bingo and presentations from consumer protection groups. Call 1-888-837-4235 to reserve a seat at this event.
For Military, Veterans, and Their Families
The next "Making $ense of Finance" conference will take place in Building #203 at the Horsham Air Guard Station on Easton Road in Horsham (Montgomery County) on November 19 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. (Use main gate entrance on Easton Road by the flag pole.) The conference program will be geared specifically towards the financial and investing challenges faced by members of the military, veterans, and their families. Registration is required: https://www.secure.dobs.pa.gov/?a=msof.msof.
Department staff will be participating in the Senior Graduation Expo at Kutztown University in Kutztown (Berks County) on November 1 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
The presentation "Save and Invest PA" will be offered three times at Palmyra High School in Palmyra (Lebanon County) on November 3 and at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Workshop on November 6-7 in Harrisburg (Dauphin County). This presentation is done in partnership with schools and colleges to teach students to pursue financial goals and financial independence through an introduction to the basics of investing and avoiding investment fraud.
The presentation "Working with the Department of Banking and Securities" – which helps service providers understand the businesses the department regulates as well as how our outreach and complaint operations work – will be offered to PA Housing Finance Agency service providers in Bethlehem (Northampton County) on November 4.
The presentation "Banking Basics" – which provides an overview of how bank and credit union accounts and deposit insurance work, as well as what kinds of questions to ask about your accounts – will be offered at the Columbia Senior/Center/Columbia United Methodist Church in Columbia (Lancaster County) on November 7 at 9:00 AM and at the Elizabethtown Area Senior Center in Elizabethtown (Lancaster County) on November 7 at 10:30 AM.
The Department of Banking and Securities offers a number of education presentations designed to help consumers of all ages learn protect and grow their own money. The presentation Calendar of Events can be found online: http://bit.ly/1KIscBZ. Consumers and community groups can call 1-800-PA-BANKS or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or learn more online: http://bit.ly/2bjKrTa.
Media contact: Ed Novak, 717-783-4721
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities