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Retirement Series: Protecting Yourself from Fraud

Retirement Series: Protecting Yourself from Fraud: Informed Retirement Decisions

This workshop primarily is intended for adults who are thinking ahead to retirement when they no longer will have new income sources. The decisions they make about how personal and financial information is protected can have a significant impact on their retirement paychecks. If they become victims of fraud or deceptive actions, they have challenging income-reducing circumstances at a time when new sources of income are limited.

The focus of this workshop is to educate participants on the extent and types of fraud that exist and are disproportionately perpetrated on retirees. The intent is to guide them to resources and information that will help them proactively guard against becoming a victim of fraud or scams.

The following topics are addressed in the Informed Retirement Decisions: Protecting Yourself from Fraud workshop:

  • Types of issues related to fraud, scams and exploitation
  • Ways to defend against fraud and scams
  • Ways to defend against exploitation and affinity fraud

Workshop Materials

You must agree to the terms of the Content License Agreement below to access the materials. Once the materials are downloaded, they may be used as-is or customized to best meet your needs.


The PowerPoint presentation is customizable and can help you facilitate a discussion about retirement decision making for your participants.

Download a facilitator guide that will lead you through your presentation.

The Workshop Packet includes an Action Plan for participants as well as worksheets, handouts, scenarios, activities and other resources referred to throughout the workshop.

Feeling unsure about your presentation? FAQs will help answer your questions about working with your intended audience.

FAQs

Who will be attending the workshop?

This workshop primarily is intended for adults in their 50s and early 60s who are thinking ahead to retirement when they no longer will have new income sources. The decisions they make about how personal and financial information is protected can have a significant impact on their retirement paychecks. If they become victims of fraud or deceptive actions, they have challenging income-reducing circumstances at a time when new sources of income are limited.

What are the learning outcomes of this workshop?

Participants will use what they learn in this workshop to take action to guard against fraud. They will demonstrate achievement of the competency by implementing strategies to protect personal information and financial data. They also will be empowered to implement checks-and-balances measures for decision making (financial, medical, property), monitoring and interventions.

Participants will address the following learning objectives to help them master the competency:

  • Identify types of fraud and scam issues.
  • Review ways to defend against fraud and scams.
  • Describe tactics to defend against exploitation and affinity fraud.

How will I know that participants have achieved the target outcomes?

Participants will know that they have achieved the learning outcomes when they have done the following:

  • Assessed their own vulnerability to fraud and scams.
  • Implemented preventive strategies to avoid fraud and scam traps rather than fall victim to deceptive actions.
  • If a victim, strike back by taking appropriate corrective action.
  • Form a “Trusted Team” (decision making and advisory network) to aid in decision making, monitoring and intervention.
  • Implement checks-and-balances tactics for decision making, monitoring and interventions related to finances, health care and asset management.

Can I share my own experiences during this workshop?

When it comes to talking about money, sharing your own successes and challenges will make the workshop much more engaging — and valuable — for participants. It makes the points you’re discussing come alive, reassures them that they are not alone in having questions and concerns, and encourages them to share their own experiences, which can be equally valuable to other participants.

Keep in mind that participants may feel self-conscious about their financial situation or some of the choices they’ve made, so include a statement in your opening that these workshops are a judgment-free zone and that there is no single right or wrong answer — it depends on the person’s situation and values. The aim of this workshop is to empower individuals to make decisions that work for them and align with their values and needs, which might not look like everyone else’s.

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