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'Protect yourself and your money'

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Senior citizens, caretakers, and professionals gathered at Hope Reformed Church Tuesday for "Protect Yourself and Your Money," sponsored by the Northwest Aging Association. The seminar featured speakers including Craig Goettsch from the Iowa Insurance Division
(above), who spoke on Fighting Financial Fraud.(Photo by Kate Padilla) [Order this photo]
Senior citizens, caretakers, and professionals came to Hope Reformed Church on Tuesday to attend the Northwest Aging Association's "Protect Yourself and Your Money." The seminar, divided into four speaker sessions, covered areas from consumer fraud to identity theft, substitute decision-making and financial fraud.

"The whole idea is to protect yourself and your money," Stacia Timmer, elder abuse initiative coordinator for Northwest Iowa Aging, said. "A lot of times, especially for elderly citizens in our area, we become too trustworthy of others. That's when we get taken advantage of."

Al Perales from the Attorney General's office spoke on consumer fraud.

Trooper Vince Kurtz from the Iowa State Patrol spoke on protection from identity theft. He offered information on the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the National Do Not Call Registry, and freezing credit.

Frank Cal Tenuta II from the Iowa Legal Aid office gave a seminar entitled "Substitute Decision Making: Who Decides and Who Decides?"

Craig Goettsch from the Iowa Insurance Division spoke on fighting financial fraud, and also noted the "do not call" registry, how to remove your name from mailing lists, and how to report credit card fraud.

The "Protect Yourself and Your Money" seminar was funded in part by the Clay County Foundation Community Betterment Grant.

Timmer noted a "good response" from those who attended.

"They asked great questions," she said. "From their questions, you can see that they are aware of what the key issues are today."

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