FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 9, 2014) –Senior citizens from Maysville and the surrounding area are invited to a FREE workshop on Thursday, June 19, to learn how to protect themselves from investment fraud, lending fraud, mail fraud, identity theft and scams that target seniors. Participants who register by calling 800-223-2579 will be provided with lunch, take-home materials and a chance to win door prizes.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Kentucky citizens to learn how to protect themselves in these tumultuous economic times,” said Charles Vice, commissioner for the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI). “I encourage seniors to take advantage of this free and unbiased information to help guard against financial fraud.”


WHO:             Senior citizens in Maysville and surrounding areas

WHAT:           Free workshop on fraud prevention

WHEN:           Thursday, June 19, 2014

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:        Mason County Extension Office

800 US 68

Maysville, KY 41056-1141

                        HOW:            Register now by calling 800-223-2579


AARP research show that baby boomers and senior citizens are natural targets for a wide range of unscrupulous practices because they have established savings, good credit and money to invest. The Senior Scam Jam workshop is designed to raise awareness about the techniques con artists use, so seniors can recognize the tactics and protect themselves from fraud.

This free public program is brought to the Maysville area by DFI and its partners, including the Mason County Extension Service. The workshop sessions will be conducted by DFI, the Kentucky AARP, the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office and the Kentucky Senior Medicare Patrol. These agencies will provide information on avoiding fraud and protecting seniors and their finances, including contact information of who to call for help.

Before investing, check with DFI, Kentucky’s state securities regulator, to verify if the investment opportunity is registered and if the seller is licensed. Call 800-223-2579 or visit http://kfi.ky.gov/public/Pages/invest.aspx.

DFI, http://kfi.ky.gov, is an agency in the Public Protection Cabinet. For more than 100 years it has supervised the financial services industry by examining, chartering, licensing and registering various financial institutions, securities firms and professionals operating in Kentucky. DFI’s mission is to serve Kentucky residents and protect their financial interests by maintaining a stable financial industry, continuing effective and efficient regulatory oversight, promoting consumer confidence, and encouraging economic opportunities.






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