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AG Cooper’s Office to host Financial Fitness Fair for seniors

Release date: 6/10/2013

State and federal agencies team up to help seniors avoid pitfalls and scams

Raleigh: Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office along with federal and state agencies will partner to host a Financial Fitness Fair for Seniors on Thursday, June 13 to better educating North Carolina seniors about common pitfalls such as investment fraud, identity theft and health care scams.

“Consumers of any age can fall victim to a scam or bad deal, but seniors can be special targets because they’ve often spent a lifetime building up savings and good credit,” Cooper said. “Learn how to protect yourself or your older loved ones from financial problems that tend to hit seniors.”
The event will take place from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Quorum Center located at 323 West Jones Street in Raleigh.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently teamed up to revamp their national curriculum for financial literacy targeted at seniors. The new curriculum called Money Smart for Older Adults: Prevent Financial Exploitation will be introduced for the first time at this event. 
The event will begin a resource fair where attendees can pick up information from the participating agencies. There will be remarks and a presentation of the Money Smart for Older Adults curriculum and then a panel discussion with representatives from Cooper’s Office, the Secretary of State’s Office and the NC Department of Health and Human Services. 
Attorney General Roy Cooper, Gail Hillebrand, Associate Director for Division of Consumer Education & Engagement at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Luke Reynolds, Chief of the Outreach and Development Program within the Division of Depositor and Consumer Protection of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, will give remarks starting at 10:00 AM.
Agencies participating in this event are the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Office for Older Americans; National Credit Union Administration; NC Secretary of State, Securities Division; NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of Aging and Adult Services; NC Bankers Association; NC Commissioner of Banks; NC Credit Union League; NC Task Force on Fraud Against Older Adults; and the Triangle J Area Agency on Aging.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Those interested in attending should contact Carrington Skinner at (919) 716-6042 to RSVP or for more information.

 



Media contact:  Noelle Talley (919) 716-6413