Senior citizens are learning how to protect themselves against fraud and scams under a program sponsored by the Gamma Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in association with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office. The first of two elder fraud sessions took place today at New Light Missionary Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.

“The Gamma Eta Omega Chapter is pleased to join the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office in ensuring that the citizens of our area are equipped with the knowledge necessary to promote fiscal responsibility and economic stewardship and further spread the word regarding economic fraud that affects such a large subset of our communities, including the elderly,” said Katina M. Semien, president of the Gamma Eta Omega Chapter.

At today’s elder fraud session, Sanettria “Sam” Pleasant, Director of the Attorney General’s Public Protection Division and member of Gamma Eta Omega Chapter, gave a presentation outlining the attorney general’s assistance in combating fraud and protecting seniors. Pleasant said her division’s consumer protection section conducts education seminars, training, and workshops on important consumer issues, focuses on the mediation and investigation of consumer complaints and inquires, and takes legal action on behalf of the state when necessary.

Semien said the elder fraud sessions are being held in conjunction with Gamma Eta Omega Chapter’s Economic Security Initiative Platform.

“Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated's overall effort with the Economic Security Platform is geared to provide education and resources directly to the communities we serve relative to wealth building and allocation of resources, home ownership, estate planning, support and empowerment of female owned businesses and urban enterprise zones,” Semien said.

A second session on elder fraud will be offered at 11:30 Wednesday, April 16 at New Light Missionary Baptist Church, 650 Blount Road. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on elder fraud or commerce and consumer issues, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section at 1-800-351-4889.

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