Story last updated at 6/19/2013 - 2:06 pm
Craig Tribal Association recently hosted 28 elders from Klawock, Hydaburg and Craig for lunch during the Elder Financial Fraud Prevention workshop held June 5 at the Klawock Senior Center. A 90 minute workshop was co-facilitated by Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority and First Bank and Southeast Senior Services provided van transportation for elders from Hydaburg.
THRHA Financial Skills Specialist Dawn Wesley and First Bank Craig Branch Manager Lynette Logan co-facilitated the workshop which focused on ways elders can protect themselves from Financial Fraud from scam artists such as phone solicitors, mail fraud sweepstakes, cashier check scams, and identity theft.
Logan spoke of the danger of giving out any personal or financial education over the telephone or internet. She also clarified that elders should not give out or allow others to use their debit/credit card information as once the card or information is given the person using the information is using it with the elder's consent.
"I didn't realize that letting even a family member use my debit card could leave me with an irreversible financial debt," one elder said. "I gave my grandson my debit card to bring me some groceries from the store; and the next thing I knew I was getting a call from the bank asking if I had really ordered a bunch of video games from Amazon. I had to close my account and open a new one. Now I keep my debit and credit cards with me and don't give that information out to anyone! "
THRHA, Alaska Legal Services, Central Council of Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, southeast Tribes, and banking institutions such as First Bank are all working together to help empower and educate elders for a better way of life. If your community would like to host a class on Elder Financial Abuse contact Dawn Wesley at (907) 780-3117 or through email at email@example.com For information concerning the Prince of Wales Elder Resource Program, Beverlee Tyner Beverlee.Tyner@ccsjuneau.org