Identifying and Protecting Against Fraud and Financial Abuse

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Time: 7:30am - 9:00am
Location: Zoom Meeting
Speaker: Laurel Sykes

This meeting will be on Zoom. Log in information will be provided via email prior to the meeting. 

People become victims of identity theft through various means, including mailbox theft, stolen wallets and purses, breached data records on company, government and educational sites. Online identity theft can occur through phishing attempts or downloading malware onto computers or smartphones. 

This presentation will cover: 

  1. Tips for spotting spam and scams and how to avoid becoming a victim
  2. Services to protect against fraud, as well as how to report fraud to minimize losses
  3. Options for obtaining and monitoring credit scores

Laurel Sykes is the Executive VP and Chief Compliance and Risk Officer for American Riviera
Bank. She oversees regulatory affairs and enterprise risk management, leads the Bank’s consumer compliance function and the anti-money laundering/financial crimes unit. Also reporting to Ms. Sykes are the Human Resources and Employee Learning departments, as well as the Marketing and Product Management functions. 

Ms. Sykes holds the designation of Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager and graduated with a degree in Business Economics from UCSB. She also teaches financial literacy throughout the community, which includes training to prevent financial scams targeting seniors. She has vast knowledge and experience dealing with financial crimes targeting seniors, and can give us the Bank’s perspective on these kinds of crimes.

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