Leading identity theft expert to speak

Frank W. Abagnale, who has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists, will be in New Orleans on Aug. 24 to help members of the public learn how to spot and avoid scams and avoid identity theft.

As an authority on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents, Abagnale is working with the AARP Fraud Watch Network and AARP Louisiana.

Between the ages of 16 and 21, Abagnale successfully posed as an airline pilot, a lawyer and a doctor and cashed millions of dollars in fraudulent checks. His exploits were depicted in the movie "Catch Me If You Can," starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Later, he served as a consultant to major companies on the subject of cybercrime.

His presentation Aug. 24 will be free. It will include a resource fair from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and a presentation by Abagnale from 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in Grand Ballroom A of the Hilton Riverside New Orleans, 2 Poydras St. 

Members of the public may register for the event by calling (877) 926-8300 or visiting aarp.cvent.com/AbagnaleLA.

SPCA holding walk-in microchip clinic for pets

In honor of National Check the Chip Day, and in light of the recent flooding in New Orleans, the Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic will host a Walk-in Microchip Clinic from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Pet owners can bring their pet to the SPCA Community Clinic at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., Algiers, and get a microchip for $10. No appointment is necessary.

Flooding and other extreme weather often results in pets being separated from their owners. Pets tend to flee their homes in fear or to find higher ground. Ensuring that pets have proper identification at all times is one of the best ways to help them find their way back home.

“Each year we see thousands of animals come through our doors, and each and every animal that is brought to us is scanned for a microchip. In 2016 we were able to reunite 473 pets with their owners, in part due to microchips,” Louisiana SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla said. 

Despite popular belief, microchips are not a form of GPS. Microchips house a unique serial number that, when scanned, allows the finder to look up the contact information associated with that chip.

Often, however, pet owners forget to update the contact information on the microchip, rendering it useless. If your pet already has a microchip and you want to confirm that information is up to date, you are encouraged to bring your pet to the event.

Louisiana SPCA staff will scan your pet’s microchip and provide you with the serial number to verify the information. If incorrect, pet owners must contact the microchip company to update the information.

For more about this event, call (504) 368-5191.

Free dental checkups offered to children

Dozens of underserved children will get free back-to-school dental checkups Monday at the LSU Health New Orleans After Hours Pediatric Dental Clinic, funded by a grant from Healthy Children, Health Smiles.

The event will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry, 1100 Florida Ave.

LSU dental and dental hygiene students will be providing the dental care under faculty and resident supervision. The children, many of whom would otherwise not be able to access dental care, will receive free dental exams, learn about proper oral care and leave with a backpack filled with school supplies.

Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions affecting children, and 19 percent of children ages 5 to 19 have untreated tooth decay.

Dental pain or disease can lead to difficulty in eating, speaking, playing and learning, as well as many hours of missed school.

The LSU Health New Orleans After-Hours Pediatric Dental Clinic offers regular evening hours to accommodate working families.