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“Smarter than a Scammer” to Educate Residents on Scam Avoidance

The City of Glendale has partnered with local social services non-profit Wise & Healthy Aging to present “Smarter than a Scammer,” a free educational forum dedicated to helping residents identify and avoid scams. The event will be occurring on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Glendale Police Department Community Room.

Modern day scammers employ a wide variety of refined techniques and scenarios in their mission to take advantage of well-meaning community members. The goal of “Smarter than a Scammer” is to educate residents so they are empowered to avoid being swindled and scammed.

Attendees will be able to enjoy a light lunch while listening to presentations from the following professional speakers:

  • Robert Castro, Chief, Glendale Police Department

  • Belle Chen, Deputy DA, Elder Abuse Section, LA County District Attorney’s Office

  • Matt Zakarian, Detective, Glendale Police Department

  • Renee Focht, Postal Inspector, United States Postal Inspectors

  • Jackie Wiley-Sistrunk, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Department of Business Oversight

Representatives from the Social Security Administration, Department of Consumer Affairs, and Adult Protective Services will also be speaking.

The program will be live-interpreted into Armenian and Spanish.

The presentations will be followed by several rounds of Fraud Bingo. Prizes will be awarded.

Residents in need of event transportation can contact Dial-A-Ride by calling 818-548-3960.

The Glendale Police Department Community Room is located at 131 N. Isabel St., Glendale, CA, 91206.

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