LANSING— Nationwide as many as 5 million seniors become victims of financial abuse each year, crimes that often include identity theft and fraud. To help area residents protect themselves, State Sen. Mike Green and Attorney General Bill Schuette’s Senior Brigade are hosting a senior citizen identity theft seminar on Tuesday, April 8, in Bay City.
“Now more than ever, senior citizens are at high risk for identity theft,” said Green, R-Mayville. “There are steps we can all take to avoid being victimized by identity thieves and this seminar will provide folks with information and tools to protect themselves.”
Green said that identity theft occurs when someone uses an individual’s name, Social Security number, credit card number, or any other personal identifying information to commit fraud. The culprit could tamper with someone’s finances, open credit accounts, get a driver’s license, or rent an apartment in the victim’s name.
“An identity thief can even go as far as racking up criminal charges or declaring bankruptcy in your name,” Green said.
The seminar will take place on Tuesday, April 8 at the Riverside Friendship Center, 800 John F. Kennedy Drive, Bay City, from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. RSVP’s are not required and there is no cost to attend.
The event will include a presentation and discussion led by representatives of the Senior Brigade, a program dedicated to providing seniors and their caregivers with trusted and useful information on financial matters, common senior scams and healthcare.
More information is available by contacting Green’s office at (866) 305-2131 or via his website at www.StateSenatorMikeGreen.com.