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Cyber Scams & Older Adults

Start Date:3/4/2021

Start Time:1:00 PM EST

Duration:45 minutes


Join AARP, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for a webinar on how to avoid common cyber scams. This presentation, which will take place during National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), will focus on avoiding online scams, including phishing, tech support scams, and COVID-19 related scams. Register now to view the webcast live or on-demand at your convenience.

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Kathy Stokes

Director, Fraud Prevention Programs

AARP Fraud Watch Network

Kathy Stokes has worked in and around the financial security arena for most of her career. As Director of Fraud Prevention Programs with AARP’s Fraud Watch Network, she leads AARP’s efforts in helping members and other consumers protect themselves and their families from scams and fraud. In addition, Kathy serves as a subject matter expert on Social Security for AARP’s consumer outreach activities. Prior to joining AARP in 2016, Kathy worked with the Brookings Institution’s Retirement Security Project, the Employee Benefit Research Institute, the American Savings Education Council and Ernst & Young’s national tax group. She also ran her own communications consulting practice for a decade with clients in the financial education and retirement space. Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in American Government from the Johns Hopkins University.

Lisa Schifferle

Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Older Americans

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

Lisa Weintraub Schifferle is a Senior Policy Analyst in the CFPB’s Office for Older Americans. She is the national lead of the Managing Someone Else’s Money program. She also supports the Office’s work to combat elder financial exploitation. Ms. Schifferle’s career in consumer protection spans more than 20 years. Before coming to the CFPB, she spent 12 years at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where she trained consumers, business and advocates on scams, identity theft, and cybersecurity. She also served as the FTC’s Identity Theft Coordinator and litigated fraud and data security cases. Ms. Schifferle spent eight years at the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, as a Staff Attorney and Supervising Attorney. She represented low-income clients in consumer, bankruptcy, housing, public benefits and employment cases. Ms. Schifferle received her B.A. summa cum laude from Yale College and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Ari Lazarus

Consumer Education Specialist, Division of Consumer & Business Education

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Ari Lazarus is a Consumer Education Specialist with the FTC’s Division of Consumer & Business Education. He has worked extensively on various educational campaigns, including online safety and privacy topics, and Pass It On, the FTC’s campaign for active older adults. Prior to coming to the FTC, Ari worked in personal financial management. Ari holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University.
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