When state legislators host a fraud prevention seminar for their constituents, they call on the very best in law enforcement, public safety and consumer protection. The California Statewide Law Enforcement Association's (CSLEA) Consumer Protection & Public Safety Foundation is proud to be a part of the panel of experts presenting the Schemes, Scams & Rip-off seminars throughout California.
"Our most recent seminar with Assemblymember Ian Calderon in Whittier on October 3rd was well received," said CSLEA Unit-A Vice President Kenny Ehrman. "We had a great turnout of enthusiastic seniors who were eager to hear from the experts regarding the various types of fraud. Many of the guests in attendance stayed afterwards to meet one-on-one with the presenters."
Ehrman, an investigator for the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), is among the top in his field when it comes to identity theft. He is joined on the panel by Joe Dunn, executive director of the California State Bar, who speaks about attorney fraud. Representatives from the California Bureau of Real Estate and the Bureau of Automotive Repair are also a part of the expert resource team to address mortgage and automotive repair fraud.
Some of the seminars are geared to a general audience while others are tailored toward seniors, or veterans, or immigrants - three groups target by those out to scheme, scam, and rip-off.
Since the beginning of September, the Schemes, Scams & Rip-offs panel of experts has participated in eight legislator-hosted seminars in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.
"It's encouraging to empower so many people with the knowledge of how to protect themselves," said Ehrman. "These are the folks who know, in the world of consumer protection, the bad guys outnumber the good guys, there are just not enough public safety and consumer protection professionals to go around."