SACRAMENTO - Today, Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) hosted a Senior Scam Stopper Seminar in the Saratoga Area Senior Center. Co-sponsored by the City of Saratoga, the Saratoga Area Senior Center, and the Contractors State License Board, this free seminar provided useful tips and resources to over 400 members of the community on how to protect themselves from fraud.
"It is unfortunate that seniors are often preyed upon by scam artists and criminals," said Assemblymember Fong. "There is a need in our community to empower our senior community and provide them with the tools to ensure that they are able to protect themselves from becoming victims which this seminar will provide."
Often, seniors are targeted by unlicensed or unscrupulous contractors. In addition to construction-related scams, seniors are susceptible to scams such as identity theft, auto repair, and other investments. The seminar educated and provided tips on how to protect oneself from fraud relating to these types of scams and more.
Participating on the panels included representatives from the Contractors State License Board, California Public Utilities Commission, U.S. Postal Service, and the Council of Aging of Silicon Valley. The panel of experts provided information to seniors on how to identify a scam and how to report it to the proper authorities. Attendees were also able to ask questions and obtain assistance if they are being scammed.
CONTACT: Bryan C. Singh, (916) 319-2028