(Washington, DC) — Older members of the District of Columbia’s population are particularly susceptible to financial fraud, so the DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) has joined the DC Office on Aging, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the Office of the Attorney General to host a senior fraud forum on investor fraud during the fifth annual Financial Fraud Awareness Week. DISB is the DC government agency responsible for regulating the financial-services industry here and protecting its residents from financial fraud and abuse.
WHAT: A Senior Fraud Forum: A discussion on Investor Fraud Against Residents is an educational opportunity for seniors to address the various types of financial fraud affecting them. Seniors will learn how to spot fraud and what tools are available to protect themselves. The meeting will consist of workshops by three DC government agencies. See the program agenda below.
When: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 11:30 am to 1 pm. UPO/Washington Seniors Wellness Center, 3001 Alabama Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20020 (202) 581-9355.
Who: Associate Commissioner Stephen Perry, Enforcement and Investigation Bureau, DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB), Senayet Meaza, Assistant Director, Securities Bureau (DISB), Samuel Williams, Program Manager, Office of Consumer Protection, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), Vanessa Natale, Public Advocacy Division, Office of the Attorney General (OAG), and Courtney Williams, Community Planner, DC Office on Aging (DCOA).
Program: 11:30 am to 11:40 am — Introductions and Welcome
11:40 am to 12 pm — Protecting Your Investments: The Best Defense is a Wise & Safe Investor / Presenter: DISB—Spot different types of investment fraud; learn to prevent them; who to call.
12 pm to 12:10 pm
Presenter: DISB—Filing Complaint Forms with DISB
12:10 pm to 12:20 pm
Presenter: DCRA—Submitting a Consumer Complaint, and the Investigation Process
12:20 pm to 12:30 pm
Presenter: OAG—Education to Defeat Fraud
12:30 pm to 12:40 pm
Presenter: DCOA—Advocacy and Linking Seniors to Services
12:40 pm to 1 pm
Questions/Answers and Comments
Any District resident needing more information on Fraud Awareness Week or to report suspected fraud, should contact DISB at (202) 727-8000 or its Enforcement and Investigation Bureau at (202) 727-1563. For more information on fighting fraud, visit DISB’s website.