CRYSTAL LAKE – Area seniors interested in how they can protect themselves from fraud have several upcoming opportunities. State Sen. Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry), State Rep. Michael Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) and Deputy Republican Leader Tim Schmitz are teaming up with Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Office to offer “Silver Beat” fraud prevention seminars, aimed at giving seniors the information they need to avoid such  scams.

Currently, two seminars have been set up across the area (refreshments will be served):

Monday September 27 – Algonquin Township offices (3702 U.S. Highway 14 in Crystal Lake) from 10 am – noon

Wednesday September 29 – PNC Bank (formerly National City Bank 13300 South Illinois Route 47 in Huntley) from 12:00 noon to 2 pm

At the seminars, seniors will receive a wide variety of information and training on fraud prevention, including:

“The Silver Beat training program was created to help combat the growing threat of financial fraud being felt by older adults across the country,” Sen. Althoff said. “The Attorney General’s Office trains and educates a corps of seniors on how to detect and avoid scams, and they in turn use that knowledge to help educate other seniors through this program.”

“Seniors are often the target of con artists and deceptive practices because criminals perceive them to be more vulnerable and affluent, with access to a wide variety of retirement accounts and pensions,” Rep. Tryon said. “We encourage any senior who wants to be armed with the knowledge to protect themselves from these schemes to stop by.”

The seminars are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Sen. Althoff’s office at 815-455-6330,  Rep. Tryon’s office at 815-459-6453 or Rep. Schmitz at 630-845-9590.

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