October Luncheon Features Attorneys from the Pace Women's Justice Center

Larchmont Rotary's October 28th luncheon at Larchmont Yacht Club featured guest speakers from the Pace Women's Justice Center, Attorneys Nicole Fields and Roberta Goodman who came to discuss "Avoiding Financial Scams."  Club President Lester Nathan opened the meeting and introduced the guests to the audience.

Ms Fields described the Justice Center's purpose as a non-profit free civil legal services provider for victims of domestic violence and elder abuse, which assists clients in Westchester and Putnam Counties.  It has been active training partners with law enforcement, advocacy groups and various professional groups in Westchester during its 25 year history.  The Center has also done training across NY State during the past 18 years.
Roberta Goodman works in the Center's Elder Justice unit, which handles various types of abouse against the elderly.  It serves over 100 clients per year and is funded with taxpayer money.  The unit also works with various social service organizations around the two counties.
Ms Goodman mentioned that October was National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.  She mentioned various kinds of frauds and scams perpetrated on the public including: credit card fraud, spam calls, spoofing, bogus emails with malware attachments, cryptocurrency fraud, the Amazon scam, employment scams and romance scams.

She offered several pieces of advice to avoid becoming a victim:

⦁    If you are hacked, change your password(s)
⦁    Use two-factor authentication for sign-ins
⦁    Never give out your date of birth unless you fully trust the other party
⦁    Use the three major credit rating agencies to block new credit card accounts from being opened
⦁    Learn how to block spam calls
⦁    Always use a credit card, instead of a debit card, when doing on-line shopping

We had a great turn-out for this event.  Attendees included: President Lester Nathan, Membership Chairman Michael Gedigk, Club Foundation Chair Marian Anderson, Asst Treasurer Marion Anderson, Senada Zukic, County Executive George Latimer and Rotary Area Governor Sandy Wolstein.