Statewide project cautions seniors about money scams

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 18, 2013 

A new program to educate senior citizens about financial scams will be unveiled this fall by CENTS, which stands for Consumer Education and Training Services, a nonprofit group co-founded by federal bankruptcy judge Karen A. Overstreet and Seattle bankruptcy professionals.

The Senior Citizen Money Project will feature a 60-minute instructional DVD funded by a grant from the Western District of Washington Bench and Bar Fund, plus an educational website, and informational guides on consumer topics funded by a grant from the American College of Bankruptcy.

"We want senior citizens to know there is an abundance of scams, fraud, and bad deals designed to relieve them of their money," said Tony Leahy, executive director of CENTS.

The DVD and information literature will be distributed to libraries and senior centers and agencies, and possibly to interested individuals, Leahy said.

Local organizations also can request a presentation about scams that target seniors. For more information or to bring the project to your area, contact Leahy at 206-267-7017 or tony@centsprogram.org. Details are available at centsprogram.org.

Reach Dean Kahn at 360-715-2291 or dean.kahn@bellinghamherald.com.

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