UCR Extension Hosts Webinar Focusing on Fraud

Senior citizens most vulnerable targets for scams

UCR Extension is hosting “A Vulnerable Population: Combating Fraud Among Seniors,” a four-hour webinar covering Internet fraud, mail fraud and identity theft on Saturday, Sept. 12.

By Elaine Regus

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Scam artists slither into people’s lives through their front door, telephone, mailbox and inbox.

The Federal Trade Commission reported more than 2.5 million fraud-related complaints in 2014 including identity theft (16%), imposter scams (11%) and prizes, sweepstakes and lotteries (4%).

While no one is immune from fraudsters, senior citizens are considered more vulnerable for a number of reasons.

Senior citizens are more likely to own their own homes, have excellent credit and be sitting on a comfortable nest egg, which makes them attractive to scammers.

They often live alone and are isolated from their families, which makes them more susceptible to a friendly voice on the telephone.

They also are less likely to report a scam because they are too embarrassed or don’t know who to call. And, if they do report a problem, memory issues can make it difficult for them to recount details.

UCR Extension is hosting “A Vulnerable Population: Combating Fraud Among Seniors,” a four-hour webinar covering Internet fraud, mail fraud and identity theft on Saturday, Sept. 12. The webinar is associated with UCR Extension’s Professional Certificate in Fiduciary Management program but the public is welcome.

Tuition is $95 through Sept. 6 and $145 after that.

For further information and to register for the webinar go to: A Vulnerable Population: Combating Fraud Among Seniors.

Click here to find out more about the Professional Certificate in Fiduciary Management.

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