Updated: July 24, 2013 6:06AM
Area senior citizens are invited to learn how to avoid becoming a victim of financial scams and fraud at a meeting of the Manhattan-New Lenox TRIAD at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the New Lenox Police Department training room, 701 W. Haven Ave.
A representative from the Secret Service will speak on “Computer and Banking Safety — How to Prevent Fraud.”
Financial criminals often target the elderly for multiple reasons, including their availability, isolation, loneliness, sickness, and in many cases, their prosperity. Seniors will learn how to protect themselves from many types of financial fraud that occur via the Internet, by phone or by mail, fake charities, sweepstakes, health care fraud, identify theft and financial exploitation, including online investment and securities fraud.
No registration or membership is required.
The Manhattan-New Lenox TRIAD meetings are on the fourth Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the New Lenox police department training room. TRIAD meetings are for senior citizens in and around the community.
Those who believe they have been a victim of fraud or financial exploitation should call the New Lenox Police Department at (815) 462-6100. For questions about TRIAD, contact Kathie at the New Lenox Township office at (815) 485-6431.