Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard recently announced a series of free Senior Anti-Crime Universities to be hosted by his office. The classes are designed to teach attendees to detect scams against seniors and help others avoid frauds, scams and abuse.

Each university will offer a half-day of classes in consumer fraud and scams, identity theft, life care planning/health care directives, Medicare/Medicaid fraud, financial exploitation, elder abuse and neglect, Internet safety and charitable giving. Local police will also teach a course in personal safety.

“Keeping Arizona seniors well-informed provides the best defense against frauds and scams,” Goddard said. “The Anti-Crime University will present a wealth of useful information to identify and prevent all manner of schemes and ripoffs.”

Upcoming events will be held in Phoenix (October 15), Prescott (October 27) and Tucson (November 20). Classes are free to the public, but space is limited so advance registration is required.

To register online or get more information, go to the SENIORS tab at the Attorney General’s Web site: www.azag.gov or email SeniorSleuths@azag.gov.