From The Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Seasoned Adult Ministry of First Baptist Church Trussville are partnering to present a Scam Alert Seminar on Sunday, June 12, at 3:00 p.m., in the church’s Fellowship Hall.
According to the Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce, one in ten adults will fall victim to a scam or fraud every year, 1.3 million children have their identities stolen every year, one in ten profiles on free dating sites is a scam, and the list goes on.
In today’s world, scams are everywhere, and learning how to protect yourself is more important than ever.
“We’ll be hearing from experts about protecting yourself from fraud related to home repair, technology, finances, identity theft, romance, and more,” First Baptist’s Minister to Seasoned Adults, Bob Smith, said. “Fraud is an issue that affects all ages, even children. So while we certainly want to educate senior adults since they’re a group regularly targeted by scammers, this seminar is for anybody susceptible to scams. And that means everybody.”
Scheduled speakers for the event are Felicia English, a Special Agent with the FBI, Birmingham Division, and Kristen S. Osborne, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama.
With 18+ years of experience in support of national security and national defense interests, SA English is responsible for leading Complex Financial Crimes, Violent Crimes, and Human Trafficking investigations within the Birmingham Division and was previously responsible for leading Counterterrorism investigations within the Newark Division, New Jersey.
As the Asset Forfeiture Coordinator for the Northern District, Osborne leads investigations and prosecutes money laundering and financial fraud. She previously led the District’s SAR Task Force, serving as a liaison between law enforcement and banking compliance community partners.
The Scam Alert Seminar is open to the public and free of charge, but for planning purposes, registration is encouraged. To sign up, go to https://fbctrussville.tpsdb.com/OnlineReg/1119 or call the chamber office at (205) 655-7535.