DOB: Need a Speaker from the DOB

Need a Speaker?

Department of Banking staff is available to give FREE, unbiased and informative presentations.  Our topics focus on consumer protection and investor education, and include:

  • Debt Management and Credit Repair
  • Understanding Our Credit Reports
  • Financial Fraud BINGO (great for students and seniors)
  • Banking Scams and Fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Choosing a Financial Planner
  • Avoiding Investment Fraud
  • Avoiding Foreclosure
  • Reverse Mortgages
  • FDIC Money Smart Modules

Please contact Kathleen Titsworth, Banking Outreach Coordinator, to arrange a speaker:   

Telephone:  860.240.8176
E-mail:        kathleen.titsworth@ct.gov

 
Our Programs

Debt Management and Credit Repair

Are you concerned about your credit?  Do you need help managing your budget?  Are you telling yourself, “I’ll worry about the bills later.”  If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” then it’s time to reassess your financial health.  If you are facing debt, it doesn’t have to go from bad to worse.  We will discuss ways to manage your debt and repair your credit the right way and avoid common mistakes.

Objective:
Participants will learn why good credit is important;  how to get a free copy of their credit report, and how to review it and check for errors; how to manage debt and learn some simple budgeting tips; and how to repair credit and avoid credit repair scams.

Understanding Our Credit Reports

Most of us don’t think about our credit report or worry about what’s in it, but that information directly affects us in many ways. Any errors on that report may negatively affect our credit, and correcting those errors may be the first step in improving our credit.  Rebuilding credit is no simple task, but can be done with time and hard work.

Financial Fraud BINGO (for Seniors or Students)

Financial Fraud Bingo is played like regular Bingo, but each number is associated with a tip or bit of information on an array of consumer protection issues - banking scams, investment fraud, cyber security, credit and debt management, and more.  It is a fun, interactive way to learn about protecting our personal information and our finances.  

Banking Scams (for Seniors)

The Grandparent Scam - The Lottery Scam – The IRS Scam…  These all share a common goal:  to access your personal financial information and steal your hard-earned money.  Don't let con artists get the best of you.   Learn about common banking scams and tips to avoid being a victim.  Knowledge is your best defense!

Avoid Banking Scams and Investment Fraud

Get the facts about the individual and the brokerage firm handling your investments.  Learn why you should investigate before you invest and how to protect yourself from investment fraud and scams. 

Protecting Your Financial Information: Identity Theft

We live in a fast-paced, technological world.  Scammers are all around us, whose only goal is to steal your financial information to commit fraud.  Your best defense is awareness.  Learn important tips to help you understand the methods of identity theft; take action steps to reduce your risk; recognize signs that you may be a victim; choose your options in recovering from identity theft, including data security breaches; and exercise your consumer rights to shield your credit report from unauthorized use.

How to Be an Informed Investor

Before you invest, take time to think about your overall financial situation and investment goals. During this interactive workshop we will discuss financial management basics to have in place before you invest, risk tolerance, types of financial professionals involved and licensing requirements, and briefly discuss some of the most common types of investment products.

Choosing a Financial Planner

In these tough economic times, how can you be sure your money is working for you?  Should you get money management help from a financial planner - and, if so, who do you choose? Find out important tips on selecting the right financial planner.  Learn how to check the planner's licensing status and disciplinary history and how to protect yourself from investment scams and fraud.

Objectives:
- Learn what to expect from your investment adviser.
- Understand the importance of checking the licensing status of an investment professional.
- Find out how to protect yourself from investment scams and fraud.

Banking Basics

An informative presentation on general banking topics, which includes information about banking rules; availability of funds from deposited checks; FDIC coverage; overdraft rules for Debit and ATM cards; gift cards; credit cards and much more.

Avoiding Foreclosure

Are you having trouble making your monthly mortgage payment?  Have you found yourself falling behind or delinquent on your loan?  Millions of people have trouble with their mortgage every year.  But foreclosure can often be prevented.   A representative from the Department of Banking’s Foreclosure Hotline is available to share information and provide helpful resources to help your situation.

Reverse Mortgages

“What is a Reverse Mortgage?” and “Am I Eligible?”  These questions and more will be answered at a timely and informative program.  If you are considering one, or just want to get the facts, please join us at this informative presentation.