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ADVISORY: Lindeen to Host “How to Smell a Rat”
Anti-Fraud Seminar

May 6, 2011

Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen will host a public seminar on spotting scams and fighting fraud Wednesday, May 11, at the Metcalf Memorial Senior Center in Anaconda. The seminar includes a free lunch, tips for investing wisely and help for consumers navigating the world of insurance options.

"Our fight against fraud never stops," said Lindeen. "Each year, con artists plot new ways to cheat people out of their hard-earned savings. We know that the best kind of law enforcement is to prevent the crime in the first place. And that's what the campaign is all about – giving Montanans the tools that they need to protect themselves from fraud."

The Anaconda seminar is the first stop in a three-city investor awareness campaign meant to increase Montanans' awareness of securities and insurance fraud and give consumers the tools to recognize and fight fraud. Lindeen will hold seminars in Victor on Thursday, May 12, and Fairfield on Thursday, May 19, as the last two stops in the fraud tour.

Lindeen held similar meetings across Montana in 2009 and 2010 funded with a grant from the Investor Protection Trust. This year's tour is timed in coordination with Older Americans Month, recognizing seniors' vulnerability to con artists.

Participants are encouraged to RSVP, as space is limited. Please call 1-800-332-6148 to register. For more information on spotting and fighting fraud, visit http://www.csi.mt.gov/fraudtour.asp.


WHO: Monica Lindeen, Commissioner of Securities and Insurance

WHAT: "How to Smell a Rat" Montana Investor Awareness Seminar

WHERE: Metcalf Memorial Senior Center, 115 E Pennsylvania Ave, Anaconda

WHEN: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

VISUALS: Participants will play "Smell a Rat" Bingo, an educational game about smart investing.

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