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For Immediate Release
March 27, 2014

For more information contact:
Larry Dyekman (312) 781-1372,
Karen Wuertz (312) 781-1335,

National Futures Association, AARP and Chicago Department of Family & Support Services co-sponsor "Avoiding Fraud is Your Best Money Strategy" during Money Smart Week

March 27, 2014, Chicago - National Futures Association (NFA), AARP Illinois and the Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS) will cosponsor a seminar that aims to provide individuals and community leaders with the tools they need to help protect themselves and others from investment fraud.

The seminar, "Avoiding Fraud is Your Best Money Strategy," will be held on Thursday, April 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Court in the Chicago Cultural Center, which is located at 78 E. Washington St., in Chicago, Ill.

"Consumers are facing more threats than ever to their money and, unfortunately, what you don't know can hurt you," said NFA Senior Vice President Karen Wuertz. "Because of this, NFA strives to provide people with as much information as possible when conducting their due diligence. We want ensure that consumers are able to make smart investments, especially when it comes to trusting others with their money."

This seminar is just part of a series of free classes and activities promoting financial education that will take place during Money Smart Week Chicago, a nationwide public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Money Smart Week runs from April 5 to 12.

During the seminars, representatives from AARP and NFA will provide attendees with advice on how to identify the warning signs to avoid investment fraud.

"The unfortunate reality is that someone's identity is stolen every three seconds in our country," said AARP Illinois Associate State Director Julie Vahling. "That is why AARP has launched a national campaign to fight fraud, and we are committed to ensuring that consumers have the tools and resources they need to take charge of their financial futures. We are excited to join with our partners for this event and provide consumers with access to information about how to protect themselves and their families."

Anyone wishing to attend the program should pre-register by calling (312) 781-7485.




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