IMLAY CITY— Nationwide, as many as five 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 an upcoming senior citizen identity theft seminar in Imlay City.
“Identity theft is a constant and growing threat to everyone, especially senior citizens,” said Green, R-Mayville. “This seminar will provide folks with information on preventative steps that can be taken to avoid becoming a victim and how to minimize the impact on your life when you have been targeted.”
The seminar will take place on Friday, May 23, at the Imlay City Senior Center, 395 E. Third Street, from 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m. RSVP’s are not required and there is no cost to attend.
Identity theft occurs when an unauthorized individual uses another’s name, Social Security number, credit card number, bank account or other personal identifying information to commit fraud. The perpetrator could simply open up and use a line of credit or go to the extreme of declaring bankruptcy, laundering money or committing crimes – all in the victim’s name.
The Imlay City event will feature a presentation by representatives of Attorney General Bill Schuette and is the final seminar in a successful series hosted by Green.
More information on the event is available by emailing SenMGreen@gmail.com.