Department of Banking and Securities Announces October Consumer Financial Protection Events

Education and outreach staff from the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (DoBS) will be hosting and participating in numerous virtual and in-person presentations for groups of senior citizens, service providers, and the public throughout the month of October to promote financial capability as part of Governor Tom Wolf’s Consumer Financial Protection Initiative.

Unless otherwise noted, October outreach events will continue to be held virtually, in partnership with the listed organizations and open to the public.

Virtual Events For General Audiences

Start Today and Retire Tomorrow (STaRT) – This presentation – discussing goals to help you plan for retirement – will be offered virtually at Phoenixville Public Library (Chester County) on October 4 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Register at https://www.phoenixvillelibrary.org.

Cybersecurity – This presentation – covering the use of secured websites, strong passwords, shopping safely online, keeping yourself safe online and using social media as safely as possible – will be offered virtually at:

  • Malvern Public Library (Chester County) on October 5 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. For additional information and to register visit: https://www.malvern-library.org/.
  • PA CareerLink (Bucks County) on October 20 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Open to members.
  • Bosler Memorial Library (Cumberland County) on October 20 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. To register go to: https://www.cumberlandcountylibraries.org/BOS.

Cybersecurity: Tips for Holiday Shopping – focusing on protecting yourself when online shopping – will be presented at:

Avoiding Scams and ID Theft – This presentation – addressing common scams, as well as identifying red flags of a potential scam, and steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of identity theft or if you are a victim – will be virtually presented at the Bosler Memorial Library (Cumberland County) on October 6 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Learn more and register: https://www.cumberlandcountylibraries.org/BOS.

Budgeting Basics – This presentation – focusing on the need for a spending plan to achieve their financial goals and setting SMART goals, creating a spending plan, putting the plan into action, as well as periodically reviewing goals and spending plans in order to ensure that you can stay on track – will be virtually presented at Cleve J. Fredricksen Library (Cumberland County) on October 19 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM and October 26 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Learn more and register: https://www.cumberlandcountylibraries.org/events/_FRE.

Virtual Events For Senior Citizens

Popular Scams and How to Avoid Them will be offered virtually at Mansfield Senior Center at 1103 S. Main Street in Mansfield (Tioga County) on October 8 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For more information contact: Dawn Vetter, Mansfield Senior Center Director, 570-662-2130. Open to members.

Avoiding Scams and ID Theft will be offered virtually at Montco Senior Active Adult Center Norristown and Ambler (Montgomery County) on October 18 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. For additional information contact: Susan Edgren, Director of Health and Wellness, 610-275-1960 ext. 122. Open to members.

Cybersecurity will be virtually presented to Philadelphia Senior Center, Avenue of the Arts (Philadelphia County) on October 28 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Open to members.

Fraud Bingo – This presentation – a fun and interactive game that teaches consumers how to protect themselves from investment fraud by playing BINGO – will be offered in person at:

  • Panther Valley Senior Center at 90 E. Catawissa Street in Nesquehoning (Carbon County) on October 22 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. For additional information contact: Fran Craigle, Operator, 570-669-9930. Open to members.
  • Jim Thorpe Senior Center at 995 State Route 903 in Jim Thorpe (Carbon County) on October 22 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. For additional information contact: Russell Shade, Operator, 570-325-4980. Open to members.