Department of Banking and Securities Hosts November Events for Financial Security

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — If you want to know how to protect your finances from fraud and cyberattacks, the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (DoBS) wants to help.

Education and Outreach staff at (DoBS) will host numerous virtual and in-person presentations for seniors groups, service providers and the public throughout November.

Events will promote financial capability as part of Governor Tom Wolf’s initiative Consumer Financial Protection Initiative.

Unless otherwise specified, November outreach events will be held virtually, in partnership with listed organizations and open to the public.

Virtual events for the general public

Budgeting for your New Year goals – This virtual presentation – focusing on setting and achieving your financial goals for the new year will be presented at the Malvern Public Library at 1 East 1st Avenue in Malvern (County of Chester) on November 2, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. To register, click on HERE.

Bingo Fraud – This presentation is a fun and interactive game that teaches consumers how to protect themselves against investment fraud by playing BINGO – will be offered virtually at the Bosler Memorial Library (Cumberland County) on November 3, 7-8 p.m. h. To register, click HERE.

Cyber ​​security – This presentation covers using secure websites, strong passwords, safe online shopping, your online safety, and using social media in the safest way possible. It will be offered virtually at the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library (Cumberland County) on November 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. and November 16 from 11 a.m. to noon. To register, click HERE.

Avoid scams and identity theft – This virtual presentation – covering common scams, identifying red flags of a potential scam, and steps you can take to reduce the risk of identity theft or if you become a victim – will be presented virtually at the library Public of Ephrata (Lancaster County) on November 16 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. To register, click HERE.

Virtual events for seniors

Popular scams and how to avoid them – A presentation discussing popular scams, scam red flags and ways to protect yourself will be offered virtually to:

  • Foster Grandparents Program in Towanda (Bradford County) on November 18, 3-4 p.m. This is open to program members.
  • Philadelphia Senior Center, Avenue of the Arts at 509 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia (Philadelphia County) on November 29, 1-2 p.m. For more information, contact: Edwina Griggs, 215-546-8781 ext. 1625.

Avoid scams and identity theft – Will be offered:

  • In person – Heidelberg Area Retired Persons (HARP) at the Heidelberg Union Church at 5187 Irvin Road in Slatington, Lehigh County on November 2, from 11 a.m. to noon. For more information and to participate, contact: Eleanor Klevenhagen, rakhsbs@ptd.net.
  • In person – Plains Active Adult Center at 50 2n/a Street in Plains (Luzerne County) on Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact: Alice Bohunko, Director, 570-824-5542.
  • Montco Senior Active Adult Center Norristown and Ambler, Montgomery County, Nov. 29, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact: Susan Edgren, Director of Health and Wellness, 610-275-1960 ext. 122. This is open to members.

Cybersecurity: Tips for Holiday Shopping – focused on self-protection when shopping online – will be presented in person at:

  • Messiah Lifeways, Hostetter Enrichment Center, Messiah Village at 100 Mt Allen Drive in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County on November 9, 10-11 a.m. For more information, email info@thepathwaysinstitute.org.

Bingo Fraud will be offered in person at the Lehighton Senior Center at 243 S. 8and Street in Lehighton (Carbon County) on November 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact: Anne Horrigan, Director of Center Services, 610-824-7830 ext. 227.

Events for organizations and service providers

Staff will present a two-part series at the Pennsylvania National Federation of the Blind 2021 State Convention in Harrisburg, Dauphin County on November 12, focusing on retirement and cybersecurity and online safety from 14 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Also be available to answer questions and provide resources on November 11 and 12.

Investing in Women — a program designed to address the unique financial challenges faced by many women and covering topics relating to finance and investing — will be presented virtually at the Montgomery County Women’s Center in Norristown, Montgomery County on May 16 November, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. additional information and to receive the Zoom link, please contact rjordan@womenscentermc.org.

Learn more about the free, non-commercial programs and presentations available Where contact DoBS to request a program tailored to your specific needs.

Sarah J. Greer