To help senior citizens protect their finances from criminals, Ridgefield VNA and Fairfield County Bank will present a free program, Protecting Your Money from Scams, on Wednesday, July 17, 1 p.m., at Wilton Senior Center, 180 School Road.

Don McGran, Jr., security adviser for the Fairfield County Bank, will help people avoid becoming victims by talking about bank fraud; check washing; check-writing schemes; mail, phone and computer scams; “look alike” charities; and falling for get-rich schemes.

“Most seniors are essentially trusting and unaware of the ways that their financial security can be in danger,” Mr. McGran said. “The right information is the best way to be protected from people who are getting away with criminal actions. Debit cards can be used many ways. Identity can be stolen. Knowing how all this is done can help prevent it.”

He described some culprits as “Academy Award-winning scam artists.

“It’s easy to be fooled, so learn their tricks,” he added. Before joining the bank, Mr. McGran served 30 years with the Ridgefield Police Department where he retired as a major. Now he spends his time helping seniors protect themselves from potential financial ruin.

This event is one of a series sponsored by the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, hosted by the Wilton Senior Center, to help the community become knowledgeable about basic aspects of today’s world. Everyone is invited and questions are encouraged. Refreshments will be provided.

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to RVNA at 203-438-5555.