“Scams, Shams and Flimflams” – Fraud Prevention Workshop

General Public. Seniors, Financial Professionals


You get a phone call congratulating you for winning a free cruise. All you need to do is call the 800 number stated on the recording. Did you really win a free cruise? Is this a scam? Well…yes and no. There are more frauds out there making the rounds than “Carter has Liver Pills” as the old saying goes, and each one is designed to separate you from your money. From telemarketing scams, door to door salesmen, and work from home frauds, to free prizes, identity theft, and internet fraud we will cover them all in this one hour workshop geared to educating you as to the latest and greatest swindles out there.

Using humour, and storytelling from my 27 years as a police officer, I peel back the layers of the “fraud onion” exposing the stink for what it is. You can stay safe, and keep your money secure…if you know what to look and listen for. You will after I’m done. This is one of the most important hours you will ever spend in your life. Do not miss this opportunity to learn how not to get taken by the scammers because they are actively looking for you, your name, and money.

Learning Objective:

1) What’s a scam? How do I recognize when something isn’t true? Did I really win a free cruise? Is this a fraud?

2) What can I do to prevent my identity from being stolen, and used by thieves? I live in a small town, not the big city, and I don’t even own a computer. Am I really at risk?

3) CRA? What are they phoning me? And the bank too? It’s all so odd.

4) Credit report? Why would I want to know what my credit report says? I have no debt.

5) Power of Attorney? Sure. I gave that to my son years ago so why should I take another look at it? You’re kidding me! What can I do to minimize my risk? He’s a good boy but…!

6) Is giving charitable donations dangerous? How can I stay safe when donating?

7) Credit cards are a great convenience but do you know what a credit card skimmer looks like or how it’s used? What about a tampered ATM machine? It happens more than you know.

8) Why do I have to show my ID at the local credit union? They know who I am.

9) I like to buy things on the internet. What do I have to look for in order to stay safe before I give them my credit card information? Are there ways to stay safe online?

10) These Nigerian Prince letters have finally ground to a halt, but are they really gone? What are the latest scams making the rounds, and how can I be safe?