Rep. Bourne Hosts Events for Seniors

Litchfield…State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) has announced that she will be hosting two events at the end of the month for seniors in her district. The first event, to be held on July 31st, will be an informative discussion about identity theft. The second event, being held on August 3rd, will be a presentation on how to save money every month on your utility bills.

Far too often, scam artists perceive senior citizens as vulnerable and relatively wealthy due to their ability to access retirement accounts and pension. As a result, seniors are the targets of a wide range of scams, exploitation, and fraud. The Attorney General’s office has created an educational training program to ensure that seniors have the information and tools they need to better protect themselves from con artists and deceptive business practices.

Seniors who attend the July 31st event beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Carlinville Public Library, on 510 N. Broad St. in Carlinville will learn about financial exploitation and scams, reverse mortgages and if they are really right for you, your rights under the new credit card rules, and how to protect yourself, your friends and family from scam artists.

Seniors also have the option to attend an event hosted by the Citizens Utility Board in August. CUB will be explaining different ways to conserve money on monthly utility bills. This meeting will be held Monday, August 3rd, 10:00 a.m. at the Montgomery County Farm Bureau,located at 102 Main St. in Hillsboro.

Both meetings are free to attend. If you have any questions about the events, please contact Rep. Bourne’s district office at 217-324-5200.