Dec 2018 Forum – Theft, Cybercrime and Consumer Protections

Theft, Cybercrime and Consumer Protections => What you don’t know CAN hurt you.


Financial crimes including scams, identity theft and consumer fraud are the most frequently attempted crimes every day in the United States. Millions of Americans are losing billions of dollars to new scams and still others that may seem like the “oldest trick in the book.”

Did you know:   You are now 20 times more likely to be robbed while at your computer by a criminal based overseas than held up in the street, new figures have revealed.

Technology has made it easier for criminals to access personal information and financial accounts from anywhere in the world. These criminals know how to “cover their tracks” and most investigations lead to dead ends, meaning the best way to prevent these crimes is for consumers and professionals to understand how they work.   Here are just a few facts and figures* that will change the way you think about cyber security.

  • 44% of people surveyed don’t believe there are enough connected device users for them to be a worthwhile target for hackers.
  • 40% of Millennials report having experienced cyber-crime in the past year.
  • Nearly three in 10 people cannot detect a phishing attack.
  • Another 13% have to guess between a real message and a phishing email, meaning 4 out of 10 people are vulnerable.
  • 86% of people said they may have experienced a phishing incident.
  • 7 in 10 consumers wish they could make their home Wi-Fi network more secure.
  • Yet only 27% believe it is likely their home Wi-Fi network could be compromised.

Tonite’s Forum presentation is based on analysis of undercover FBI recordings of con-artists in action, consumer protection laws and reports from crime victims. The discussion will include a variety of topics depending on the the audience’s interest, and may include:

  • Scams
  • Identity theft
  • Credit card fraud
  • Cyber security
  • Online safety
  • Investment fraud
  • Consumer protections
  • Abuse within families
  • and more.

Scammers have become increasingly sophisticated and as a result, it’s become harder to decipher if you are being targeted by a scammer…or if it’s just a harmless ad or phone caller.  Information is the best tool to help us all protect our own savings and those who may be more vulnerable like our children and our elder loved ones.

*2016 Norton Cyber Security Insights Report

Our Presenter

Jay Haapala is Associate State Director of Community Engagement with AARP Minnesota and leads the state’s Fraud Watch Network which serves to educate consumers about fraud, scams and identity theft. He and AARP Fraud Fighter volunteers have met with over 600 community groups across the state, law enforcement officials and fraud investigators, learning how people are being targeted right here in Minnesota. He has worked and served in the Minnesota nonprofit sector for 20 years building volunteer programs, and now is doing the same to build a network of fraud fighter volunteers with AARP.


Monday, December 3, 2018
Networking: 6:15 – 7:00 pm
Presentation: 7:00-8:30 pm
Location: Minnesota State University Mankato at Edina


Event fee: $15 for members; $25 for non-members



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