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Sacramento, Placer events to focus on fraud, identity theft prevention

Sacramento and Placer County residents can learn how to protect themselves from scams and identity theft during two events, one Saturday in Sacramento and other other Monday evening in Auburn.

A Public Protection Town Hall, sponsored by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, and the State Bar of California will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Community Room at the Pioneer House Retirement Center, 415 P St., Sacramento.

Those attending will receive advice from government investigators, public safety and consumer protection professionals, and law enforcement experts on ways to protect themselves against consumer fraud and public safety threats. The program will cover identity theft, auto repair scams, rental/real estate fraud, legal fraud, utilities frauds, investment and loan scams, and fake charities.

On-site legal services will be available to process complaints.

To RSVP, call Assemblyman Dickinson’s district office at (916) 324-4676.

On Monday, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office will offer a free identity theft prevention class from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Auburn Justice Center. The class will be held in the community room at the sheriff’s headquarters, 2929 Richardson Drive, Auburn.

Detectives Ryan West and Ross Byers, financial crimes experts, will lead the seminar. The detectives have investigated hundreds of financial crimes and will discuss problems law enforcement officers encounter in such cases. They will talk about how people can safeguard their identity, how criminals obtain information and what steps people should take if they become a victim of identity theft.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling Kim Rivera, community services officer, at (530) 889-6922, or email

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.