Tennessee has the 10th highest per capita rate in the U.S. for consumer fraud logging over 60,000 complaints, with total consumer losses topping $13.7 million. The reported numbers are alarming, per Bloomberg, one financial services firm estimates seniors lose as much as $36.5 billion a year. According to a 2016 study by New York State’s Office of Children and Family Services, for every case reported to authorities, as many as 44 are not. The study found losses in New York alone could be as high as $1.5 billion. You don’t have to be a victim. In our "Stop Scams Workshop," you will be empowered to be a Consumer Protection & Fraud Prevention advocate. The workshop will be led by a representative from the FTC addressing fraud trends and promoting tips to help you spot, stop and report scams, and assist them in developing a force field to fraud. Featured speakers from the Federal Trade Commission, IRS' Taxpayer Advocate's office and Tennessee Consumer Affairs will be on the panel. Topics include: - Identity Theft & Imposter Scams - Scams Against Immigrants - Sweepstakes & Lottery Scams - Debt Collection Scams - Internet Safety for Teens - Romance & Military Scams - Telemarketing & Robocalls - The “Do Not Call” List - Charities & Fundraising Fraud - Budgeting & Credit Repair - Reverse Mortgage Scams - Payday Loans & Cash Advances Students, teachers, business owners and members of our military will benefit from this interactive workshop.