Seniors who live on their own and those in senior community homes can find valuable information at a Seniors Against Financial Exploitation seminar next week in Modesto.
The five-hour seminar at First Baptist Church will have two keynote speakers to warn against different kinds of fraud.
Greg Ovanessian, an inspector for the San Francisco Police Department Investigations Bureau, will discuss frauds targeted at seniors that are carried out by transient scammers.
These include home repair scams, in which homeowners are approached for repair work by a group posing as a construction crew. The crew charges upfront for the work and disappears before the victim realizes the work done is shoddy or even nonexistent.
Ovanessian also will warn about man-on-the-street lottery scams, in which people are approached to help someone who claims to speak no English but has a winning lottery ticket. The con artist sells the ticket to the victim, who later realizes it's of no value.
The other keynote speaker will be Prescott Cole, senior staff attorney for California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform. Cole will discuss scams aimed at seniors living in assisted-care facilities. Those scams include estate planning seminars, life insurance seminars and reverse mortgage plans.
While not all such seminars are scams, many of them prey on a captive audience to convince victims to pay for services they may not need or want.
The event is sponsored by local financial institutions and Catholic Charities of Modesto. The seminar will be March 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Family Life Pavilion at First Baptist Church, at 12th and Needham streets.
A free breakfast and lunch will be provided, but seats must be reserved by today. To reserve a seat, call 529-3784.