Seniors are particularly susceptible to scams.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, nearly 25 million Americans
are the victims of consumer fraud each year. Since 13 percent of our
country’s population is represented by those 65 years of age or older –
and that percentage climbs every year – senior fraud has become an
increasingly urgent issue.
fail to report these types of crime – because they’re afraid people will
think they’re no longer able to continue living by themselves. A recent
AARP report found that only 25 percent of victims over age 55 reported
to authorities that they had fallen for a scam.
members can help seniors avoid the humiliation and potential financial
devastation of a con. Starting this month, our office is sponsoring a local public education program in conjunction with The
National Association of Triads, a partnership of law enforcement, older
adults and community groups and the Better Business Bureau. Our program
recommends these tips to help keep seniors from being exploited.
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