Region 10 Community Living Services and our community partners have begun a campaign to raise awareness of elder abuse and exploitation. In the coming months you will learn the statistics of this very real and disturbing problem, you will hear the true and heartbreaking stories and you will be offered opportunities to become educated and involved in elder abuse prevention. You will learn how to protect yourselves and those you care about, you will understand what the warning signs of abuse are and how and when to report suspected abuse. We will give you the tools; will you help us with this important mission?
HOW TO RECOGNIZE FRAUD
Fraudsters use a number of persuasion tactics to convince their targets to give them money. Here are three of the most common red flags we’ve seen from callers into the AARP Foundation ElderWatch hotline in Colorado:
Number 1: You’re contacted out of the blue with an offer for free money or fast cash. If you receive an unsolicited offer like this, there’s a good chance that you’ve been targeted by a scam artist. Most scams of this nature rely on your response to their initial promise of lottery winnings, fast-cash from an easy work-at-home job, guaranteed returns from a hot new investment or an inheritance you didn’t know about, so that they can gain access to your personal information and solicit money from you.
Number 2: You are pressured to act quickly. Scam artists are very good at pretending to have “limited time only” offers or “inside information” that is designed to get you to act quickly and make an irrational decision. Don’t fall for those tactics. If the offer is legitimate it will still be there tomorrow.
Our third red flag is a really simple one: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Scam artists have a knack for making people believe that they’ll be better off if they take the deal. But what really happens is that the scammers are the ones who are better off – they leave with your money and you’re left with nothing from the too-good-to-be-true promises that were made.
“Sometimes it takes only one voice. If you suspect elder abuse, neglect or exploitation…please use yours.”
If you would like to get involved in this campaign please call Eva Veitch 970-765-3127 firstname.lastname@example.org