BANGOR — Maine’s Office of Securities and other state and federal agencies are holding a free, half-day program to provide advice and materials to help people guard against becoming victims of scams and other forms of financial exploitation.

Today’s conference in Bangor will address topics of particular interest to older investors and consumers, including emerging investment scams and identify theft, as well as mail and telemarketing scams. The conference will also offer an overview of common and newer types of investment products, and the pros and cons of reverse mortgages. Lunch will be provided.

The event is being run in partnership with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, AARP/Maine, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other consumer protection and law enforcement agencies.