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April 24, 2019: Consumer Fraud Summit Spreads Awareness

Fighting back on fakes and frauds from Los Angeles County Newsroom on Vimeo.

 Anyone can become a victim of fraud.

That was the message from the office’s Consumer Fraud Summit.

District Attorney Jackie Lacey recounted how even her mother was scammed several years ago. That experience led District Attorney Lacey to increase public awareness, especially among seniors, to recognize and prevent these often-devastating financial frauds.

“We in the District Attorney’s Office are committed to prosecuting these crimes and making sure that perpetrators are held accountable,” District Attorney Lacey said. “But in reality, these scams will continue as long as there are victims to be had. We all know the key to stopping fraud is education.”

More than 200 prosecutors, law enforcement personnel, local government officials, community advocates and business leaders attended the March 7 summit at Almansor Court banquet center in Alhambra.

Panels of experts, led by a deputy district attorney from the office’s Consumer Protection Division, discussed topics including immigration fraud and cyber privacy and security.

They explained a range of scams – from enduring cons like those involving vehicle odometer rollbacks to new forms of cyber intrusion and identity theft – and how to avoid them.

The summit provided community leaders and law enforcement personnel with information to help protect their constituents from consumer fraud.