Senior Scam Stoppers Held Across Kern County

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Senior Scam Stoppers Held Across Kern County

BAKERSFIELD – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), in collaboration with the California Contractors State Licensing Board (CSLB), Wasco Senior Center, Department of Insurance, Kern County Sheriff’s Department, Department of Real Estate, Bakersfield Police Department, the Bureau of Automotive Repair, Kern County Adult Protective Services, and Blue Anthem Insurance hosted three additional Senior Scam Stopper seminars across Kern County. These educational sessions help inform local seniors and their families about different types of fraud such as identity theft, elder financial abuse, insurance scams and more.

 

“I want to thank all of the great community partners that made it possible to host four senior scam stopper seminars just within the past month,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Protecting our seniors from fraudulent criminals is always one of my top priorities. As technology evolves, it is important that we continue to educate our community with these workshops to ensure that no one falls victims to scams.”

 

According to the California Adult Protective Services, financial abuse of seniors has risen 176 percent in California since 2006. Fraudulent scams that hurt seniors financially can also have a significant physical toll. Research has found that seniors who have experienced financial abuse are more likely to experience detrimental health effects. Senior Scam Stopper seminars are meant to prevent these unfortunate situations from happening by providing attendees with information about a variety of scams and how to avoid becoming a victim to fraudulent activity. Sessions feature expert speakers from many local, state and federal agencies, who present broader topics, including identity theft, auto repair, Medicare, foreign lotteries and mail fraud.

 

The California Contractors State Licensing Board has helped host scam stopper seminars since 1999 in cooperation with legislators, state and local agencies, law enforcement, district attorneys, and community-based organizations.

 

“We are very thankful to Assemblymember Rudy Salas for hosting a successful seminar at the Wasco Senior Center,” said Alejandra Almanza, Site Coordinator for the Wasco Senior Center. “The presenters had lots of information that will help the seniors we serve avoid being a victim of a scam. Thank you Assemblymember Salas!”

 

Assemblymember Salas will continue to host additional Senior Scam Stopper seminars throughout Assembly District 32 in the coming months. For more information, visit https://a32.asmdc.org/event/upcoming-event or call (661) 335-0302.

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Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Hanford, Corcoran, Delano, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Avenal, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.