Every year Oregonians - many of them elderly - lose hundreds of thousands of dollars through investment fraud. In an effort to reverse this trend, the state Department of Consumer and Business Services, AARP Oregon and Elders in Action are hosting two free Portland-area events that will help investors make good decisions when saving for retirement, teach them where and how to check the credentials of financial professionals, and show them how to spot scams.

The two events, titled 'Wise and Safe Investing,' are scheduled Tuesday, April 22, in Wilsonville at the Holiday Inn, 25425 S.W. 95th Ave.; and Thursday, April 24, in Gresham at the Multnomah County East Building, 600 N.E. Eighth St.

Both events begin at 9:30 a.m. and include free parking, admission and lunch. For those attending the Wilsonville event, there will be free document shredding available from 8 to 10 a.m.

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