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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 8, 2020

Don’t Be A Victim: Join Us October 15 for a Free Senior Outreach Event on Protecting Yourself from Financial Fraud and Potential Scams

PITTSBURGH - On October 15, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Pittsburgh Division are holding a virtual town hall event focused on protecting seniors from financial fraud and potential scams during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady announced.

One of the best ways to protect yourself or a loved one from financial fraud is to remain informed. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, the SEC, and the FBI have partnered to raise awareness and educate seniors in Pennsylvania about the latest financial scams.

The free virtual town hall will be live on the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov, between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2020 ET. Attendees are also able to call in using the dial-in: 415-527-5035 or 929-251-9612, with the event ID 199 951 7027.

Participants may submit questions for the speakers in advance to: SECSeniorOutreach@sec.gov. Attendees can also register in advance at usapaw-rsvp@usdoj.gov. Registration is encouraged but not required.

The DOJ Elder Justice Initiative aims to combat elder financial exploitation by expanding efforts to investigate and prosecute financial scams that target seniors; educating older adults on how to identify scams; and promoting greater coordination with law enforcement partners. The DOJ provides a variety of resources relating to elder fraud victimization through its Office of Victims of Crime at www.ovc.gov. Additional elder justice resources, training, and outreach materials can be found at the Elder Justice Website at www.elderjustice.gov. Elder fraud complaints may be sent to the U.S. Attorney’s Office at usapaw.covid19fraud@usdoj.gov or to the IC3 at www.ic3.gov.

Topic(s): 
Elder Justice
Community Outreach
Updated October 8, 2020