Citi Sponsors Free Workshop for Elders

San Francisco, CA – Elder Financial Protection Network partners with Citi on “Be Wise: Avoid Scams, Fraud and Identity Theft,” a free community education workshop for elders to learn how to protect themselves from becoming victims of financial exploitation, on Thursday, June 11, 2009 from 11 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the West Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, California. The Keynote Address will be delivered by Paul Henderson, Chief of Administration for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. The workshop will feature speaker presentations by Helen Karr of the Office of San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, who will discuss elder financial abuse and local resources, Victoria Joseph of Citi, who will discuss identity theft, and Jenefer Duane of Elder Financial Protection Network, who will present on the hiring of in-home care.  There will also be an opportunity for attendees to receive one-on-one counseling with representatives from various organizations.

“Education is a powerful way to prevent identity theft and other crimes,” said Citi’s Victoria Joseph. “Anything we can do to help people learn to avoid financial scams and fraud ultimately benefits all of us in the community.”

“It is estimated that nearly 250,000 elders are victims of financial abuse in California each year,” said Jenefer Duane, Founder and CEO of EFPN.  “According to the California Welfare Directors Association, only one in 100 cases are actually reported due to lack of awareness, isolation and fear of retaliation or loss of independence.   EFPN is pleased to partner with Citi to bring community education to our elders so that they are equipped to protect themselves from these unscrupulous criminals.”

The workshop is a collaborative effort between Citi and Elder Financial Protection Network, Office of the San Francisco District Attorney, California Department of Consumer Affairs, California Department of Corporation – Seniors Against Investment Fraud (SAIF) Program, and West Bay Conference Center.  The event is free of charge with lunch provided.  Seating is limited with registration required by June 9.  Please call 415.749.6470 to reserve a seat.

EFPN is an award-winning non-profit organization that works to prevent financial abuse of elders through community education and the training of financial professionals in identifying and reporting suspected abuse. For more information, visit http://www.bewiseonline.org or call 415.956.5556. To report suspected elder abuse, call the California Attorney General’s Office  Elder Abuse Reporting Hotline toll free 1-888-436-3600 (24 hours). Reports of suspected abuse are kept strictly confidential.

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