Free Workshop on Preventing Fraud and Identity Theft

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The Spokane Teachers Credit Union is inviting all community members to take part in its ongoing My Life, My Money series with a workshop on how to prevent fraud and identity theft. The workshop will cover a variety of strategies for protecting your money — no matter how much or how little you have of it — from bad guys out to steal your hard-earned cash.

You can learn what attracts criminals to attempt to defraud or steal identities from certain people, how to spot common signs of fraud, and which scams are currently circulating. You may not think that you’re a target, but consider this: Even though only a quarter of the world’s credit card transactions take place in the U.S., almost half of all credit card fraud takes place here. Ignoring the issue simply isn’t worth the risk, so it should be a no-brainer to take an hour out of your life to learn more.

The workshop will be held at Shadle Library, located at 2111 W. Wellesley Ave. in Spokane, on Mon., Aug. 10, and will run from 6 to 7 p.m. Please sign up online; there are quite a few other workshops being held in the area as part of the same series, and you can check out more details on them while you’re visiting the STCU website.

The workshop is completely free. A light meal is provided, so you’ll want to arrive a little early.

STCU was founded in 1934 out of a classroom in Lewis and Clark High School — with a shoebox for cash deposits and about $4,000 in assets. It’s now grown to be the largest credit union in the Inland Northwest, and the third-largest in Washington state. It strives to provide ethical, friendly service to all its members, celebrating integrity and service instead of profits. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Washington, as well as Bonner or Kootenai counties in Idaho.

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