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Frauds, identity theft workshop in Coquitlam

Have you been a victim of frauds and scams, identity theft, telemarketing scams? Or do you know someone who has? Identity theft - effectively electronic pick-pocketing - costs Canadians $150 million a year and 20 million hours to resolve.

Have you been a victim of frauds and scams, identity theft, telemarketing scams? Or do you know someone who has? Identity theft - effectively electronic pick-pocketing - costs Canadians $150 million a year and 20 million hours to resolve. Often it takes years to restore your financial identity.

But there is a local group trying to raise awareness of this issue so Tri-City residents, particularly older adults, aren't fleeced.

North Fraser Chapter CARP (A New Vision of Aging for Canada) and the BC Centre for Elder Advocacy Support are presenting "Protect Yourself!" a financial literacy workshop. It will be held tomorrow (Thursday) at 2 p.m. in the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex, 633 Poirier Street Coquitlam, Room 2 on the upper floor.

The workshop will provide an opportunity to learn about common scams targeting seniors, identity theft, strategies to protect personal information, and the National Do Not Call list. The workshop will also provide information to protect your finances, recognize and respond to financial abuse, access community resources for further information, and make financial decisions that meet your needs.

The public is welcome to attend at no cost. Light refreshments will be served.

To assure your place or for further information, contact Bruce Bird at 778-284-1189 or carpnorthfraserchapter@gmail.com.

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