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Stay Safe from Small Business Scams

Start Date:11/18/2019

Start Time:7:00 PM EST

Duration:30 minutes

Abstract:

Small businesses are increasingly becoming targets of scammers. One of the best ways to keep your business and customer base safe is to stay informed about the different techniques used by people who try to take advantage of small companies.This is especially important for New England small businesses, since many of the states in the Northeast, including Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine, are among states where the most small businesses are created (per capita).

Join AARP, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Connecticut Department of Banking for a free, 30-minute webinar, to learn how to protect your small business from the most common scams, including:
  • Bank or credit card company impostors;
  • Government agency impostors;
  • Marketing scams;
  • Fake invoices or supplier cons;
  • Investment/funding scams; and
  • Tech support scams.
You will also learn about free resources to help your small business stay safe and informed.

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Speakers

Jane Margesson

AARP Maine Communications Director

AARP Maine

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.

Todd Prout

Banking Department Manager

Connecticut Department of Banking

Todd began his career with the Connecticut Department of Banking as a field examiner in 1994 and is currently a Banking Department Manager. In his current role, Todd manages a team of 16 examiners that conducts examinations of financial institutions supervised by the Department. During his time with the Department, Todd also worked extensively on information technology examinations and served as a state liaison to a national group tasked with developing information technology guidance for banks and credit unions.

Liz Mullin

Staff Attorney, Securities & Business Investments Division

Connecticut Department of Banking

Liz began her career with the Connecticut Department of Banking as a staff attorney in 2015. As a staff attorney for the Department, Liz represents the Securities & Business Investments Division in administrative hearings prosecuting enforcement matters. Liz also serves as Hearing Officer over enforcement matters brought by other divisions within the Department. In addition to her work within the Department, Liz serves on two project groups formed by the North American Securities Administrators Association tasked with providing education to investors and state registered investment advisers.
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