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Stay Safe: Avoiding Identity Theft and Financial Fraud   

IN-PERSON: The Elderwise classroom at the Vineyard Church

How common is identity theft and financial fraud? Even if you haven’t been victimized, when you hear news of another significant data breach or a friend tells you a story of an ID theft issue, you may wonder if you’re next - or if it’s something you need to worry about at all. The Federal Trade Commission received fraud reports from 2.4 million consumers in 2022, with the most commonly reported being imposter scams, followed by online shopping scams. Prizes, sweepstakes and lotteries, investment related reports, and business and job opportunities rounded out the top five fraud categories. In this class you will learn the essential steps and actions you need to take to protect yourself, tools available to help consumers, and you’ll leave with an action plan to implement immediately. Mark Munzenberger is the financial education manager at the University of Michigan Credit Union (UMCU). He has been working in financial services since 2003, and provides both financial education workshops and individual financial counseling for thousands of students and adults each year. In 2021, he was named the Michigan Credit Union Foundation’s Educator of the Year. Mark is an Accredited Financial Counselor and a member of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE).



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