Senior citizens are often a favorite target for scam artists such as unlicensed or unscrupulous contractors.
That’s why knowledge is power. If seniors have the tools and information needed to spot a fake or notice red flags before something happens, the better they will be able to protect themselves.
Since 1999, the Contractors State License Board has been sponsoring Senior Scam Stopper seminars across the state to help combat and bring awareness to these types of scams. The events are held in cooperation with legislators, state and local agencies, law enforcement, district attorneys, and community-based organizations.
Seminars provide information about construction-related scams and how seniors can protect themselves when hiring a contractor. Speakers also often make presentations about broader topics, including identity theft, auto repair, Medicare, fake foreign lotteries, and mail fraud.
Upcoming Senior Stopper Seminars include:
- Thursday, May 25, in Lynwood from noon to 2 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 30, in North Hollywood from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 30, in Sun Valley from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 31, in Mission Hills from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 31, in Pacoima from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
CSLB also offers a brochure titled What Seniors Should Know Before Hiring a Contractor. The brochure is available in both English and Spanish and can be ordered online or by calling (800) 321-CSLB (2752). For more information about Senior Scam Stopper events in your area, contact CSLB’s outreach coordinator at (916) 255-3273.