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Savvy Senior Workshop teaches seniors how to spot and avoid scams

Older adults lose more than $36 billion each year to financial fraud, according to the Better Business Bureau, as phone and online scams become more sophisticated.

Can you spot a scam? Do you know where to turn if you become a victim? The Better Business Bureau of Upstate South Carolina wants to help.

On Thursday, May 30, the BBB Education Foundation will host its popular Savvy Senior Workshop at the Five Forks Library, 104 Sunnydale Drive in Simpsonville, SC. The free event will be held from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

BBB’s Savvy Seniors program is focused on arming seniors who live and work in the 10-county Upstate region of South Carolina with the information they need to protect themselves against the personal and financial threats that exist to take advantage of this demographic.

At the event, attendees will learn about scams that typically target seniors such as heartstrings, investment, house and home, and windfall scams. Participants will receive the latest tips on how to spot scams and identity theft threats and offer information to help them avoid becoming a victim.

“Seniors too often fall victim to financial and identity theft scams,” said BBB Upstate President & CEO Vee Daniel. “Con artists are always on the hunt for new ways to defraud seniors and we want to help those in our community be able to recognize and avoid these threats.”

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The May 30 Savvy Senior Workshop is free, but those wishing to attend are asked to register by May 27 by calling 864-242-6905 or by clicking here.

WHAT: Savvy Senior Workshop
WHEN: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Five Forks Library, 104 Sunnydale Drive, Simpsonville, SC 29681
REGISTER: Reserve your seat by calling (864) 242-6905 or register online by May 27.

About the Better Business Bureau Education Foundation

An arm of the Better Business Bureau of Upstate South Carolina, the Better Business Bureau Education Foundation (BBBEF) is the community’s leading source of identity theft and scam prevention expertise and education. Its mission is to create an ethical marketplace through community outreach and information sharing.

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