Manamko’ attend presentation on financial, fraud abuses

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ASSISTANT U.S. Attorney Benjamin Petersburg, the elder justice coordinator of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Districts of Guam and the NMI conducted a presentation on fraud and financial abuse presentation for the manamko’ at the Senior Citizens Center on Feb. 27, 2020.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Petersburg, the elder justice coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, discusses fraud and financial abuse during a presentation at the manamko’ center on Feb. 27, 2020.  Contributed photo

Office on Aging Director Walter Manglona said the half-hour presentation was attended by more than 50 senior citizens.

“We want to raise awareness about scams that target senior citizens,” he added.

In his presentation, Petersburg also discussed ways to avoid fraud.

He cautioned manamko’ about wiring money to strangers, to sellers who insist on wire transfer for payments, or to someone who claims to be a relative in an emergency and want to keep the request a “secret.”

The manamko’ were also warned about playing foreign lottery, and responding to messages that ask for their personal or financial information, whether the message comes as an email, phone call, a text message or an advertisement.

In addition, Petersburg discussed the many types of financial exploitation, warning signs, and how to protect oneself from financial exploitation.

“This is a concern with our senior citizens, so they were reminded not to share their personal information through email or others means,” Manglona said.

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