Family and Consumer Sciences co-hosting webinar focused on fraud

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Update: To watch the Faces of Fraud seminar recording, please visit the School of Education’s Research and Engagement page.

The Colorado State University Family and Consumer Sciences program is partnering with the FBI and FBI Denver Citizens Academy Alumni Association, AARP, the Daniels Fund, and key state and federal agencies to present an online Generations Seminar focused on fraud trends, identification, prevention, and reporting on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

The seminar is scheduled for 9-11:30 a.m., and is free and open to the public. Interested participants may register online for the Faces of Fraud seminar.

“We’re proud to be one of the sponsors of this exciting virtual event,” said Dawn Mallette, associate professor and coordinator of the FCS program at CSU. “Consumer fraud is a timely and relevant topic for individuals of all ages and stages of life. It’s a topic that aligns perfectly with the mission of our Family and Consumer Sciences program at CSU – ‘to make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities by providing information about issues impacting their lives so they are better equipped to make informed decisions about their well-being and relationships.’”

In the U.S., someone’s identity is stolen every two seconds. According to a report issued in April, identity theft can affect anyone; the highest number of cases reported in 2019 affected people in the 30-39 age range, dispelling the assumption that older adults are most at risk. The Faces of Fraud seminar will cover scams such as fake solicitor schemes, lottery scams, grandparent ruse, phony investment deals, email fraud, and the latest identity theft shams. Because anyone can be a target of fraud, the seminar is designed to educate across generations through an interactive conversation that can be utilized to identify, prevent, and report fraud and financial exploitation.

“This event is an example of how the School of Education at CSU helps educate people of all ages through formal and informal ways,” said School of Education Director Susan Faircloth.

Family and Consumer Sciences is an undergraduate degree program offered by the School of Education, part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.