Assemblymember Salas Hosts Senior Scam Stopper Seminar
Free informational sessions help educate & protect local seniors from fraud
BAKERSFIELD – Yesterday, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), in collaboration with the California Contractors State Licensing Board (CSLB), Bakersfield Police, the Bureau of Automotive Repair and the Bureau of Medical Fraud and Elder Abuse hosted a successful Senior Scam Stopper seminar in the city of Bakersfield. These educational sessions help inform local seniors and their families about different types of fraud such as identity theft, elder financial abuse, insurance scams and more.
“Scams throughout the state are becoming increasingly sophisticated and are always changing,” said Assemblymember Salas. “These classes are very important for the community as our seniors are so often targeted by criminals who hope to defraud our most vulnerable residents. We will continue to work together with great organizations like the California Contractor’s State License Board to better protect our family, friends and neighbors from scammers.”
According to the California Adult Protective Services, financial abuse of seniors has risen 176 percent in California since 2006. Fraudulent scams that hurt seniors financially can also have a significant physical toll. Research has found that seniors who have experienced financial abuse are more likely to experience detrimental health effects. Senior Scam Stopper seminars are meant to prevent these unfortunate situations from happening by providing attendees with information about a variety of scams and how to avoid becoming a victim to fraudulent activity. Sessions feature expert speakers from many local, state and federal agencies, who present broader topics, including identity theft, auto repair, Medicare, foreign lotteries and mail fraud.
“The Contractors State License Board thanks Assemblymember Salas for his continued commitment to consumer protection,” said CSLB Registrar David Fogt. “This was the 25th Senior Scam Stopper seminar we’ve co-hosted in his district since his election in 2012.”
The CSLB have helped host scam stopper seminars since 1999 in cooperation with legislators, state and local agencies, law enforcement, district attorneys, and community-based organizations.
“It’s important to educate yourself on scam tactics that are occurring in our community,” said Alysen Gelinas, Community Relations Specialist with the Bakersfield Police Department. “Scam tactics change all the time and knowing which red flags to watch for can save you from being a victim.”
Assemblymember Salas will continue to host additional Senior Scam Stopper seminars throughout Assembly District 32 in the coming weeks. For more information, visit https://a32.asmdc.org/event/upcoming-event or call (661) 335-0302.
Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Hanford, Corcoran, Delano, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Avenal, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.