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Join Us For a Free Webinar on Financial Empowerment for People with Disabilities

October 07, 2020 12:00 AM

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​Education is important to protecting yourself, or your loved ones, and for making decisions that improve your financial well-being. The Department of Banking and Securities will be participating in Money Talks, a free series hosted by Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation on financial empowerment for people with disabilities held virtually one Wednesday every month.

With scams and identity theft on the rise, join us on Wednesday, October 14, from 1:00 – 1:45 PM for a free webinar to learn how to protect your identity and your money.

Identity theft affects more than your wallet. You can lose access to important benefits like support services waivers which offer an array of services to individuals with long-term care needs, and time and stress involved in recovering your identity. This webinar will answer your questions regarding what identity theft is, how it happens, how to prevent it, what to do if it happens to you, red flags of fraud, and other scams that are out there, especially in the era of COVID-19.

I am grateful to be joined by Sabra Townsend who will share her experience of having a family member become the victim of identity theft.

If you have fallen victim to a scam, you are not alone. Often, victims feel ashamed because they placed their trust in someone who stole from them and may not report the fraud. But victims must report the fraud to provide information for further investigation. If you believe you or a loved one have fallen victim to a scam, contact local law enforcement. Anyone can contact DoBS at 1-800-PA-BANKS or 1-800-722-2657 to ask questions or file complaints about financial transactions, companies, or products.

Each Money Talks webinar will provide information and resources needed to handle the unique financial issues that impact individuals with disabilities, including new issues that have arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sessions will include 30 minutes of interactive learning and 15 minutes for questions. If you are a person with a disability, a family member of someone who has a disability, an advocate, an educator, or a service provider, this series is for you. Each session will be fully accessible and recordings and slides will be made available.

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