Author: Julia Evans Starr

Webinar on Suspicious Activity Reports on Elder Financial Exploitation

Join issue experts from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office for Older Americans for a free webinar on April 9th from 2:00pm – 3:00pm highlighting the findings from its new report, Suspicious Activity Reports on Elder Financial Exploitation: Issues and Trends. The webinar will provide key facts, trends, and patterns revealed in these Suspicious Activity Reports—or SARs—filed by banks, credit unions, money transmitters, and other financial services providers. Presenters will discuss the implications of these findings and next steps.

Key audiences for this webinar include financial institutions, law enforcement, prosecution, adult protective services, the aging network, and others working to enhance protections for older adults. CFPB’s first-ever public analysis provides a chance to better understand elder fraud and find ways to improve prevention and response.

Please RSVP to: olderamericans@cfpb.gov

 Webinar Details:

April 9, 2019 from 2:00 – 3:00pm (Eastern Time Zone)

 

To join via webinar:

  1. Click here to join webinar online
  2. For audio please call: 1-800-779-4691

–Conference number: PWXW8892029

–Audience passcode: 7732522

Beware of Recent Scams and Frauds

Social Security Call Scam is on the rise again in Connecticut (2/11/19):  There have been several reports from Connecticut residents that they are receiving calls that their Social Security number has been compromised. This is a scam and you should not provide any information to the caller. Hang up and report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at ftc.gov/complaint or by calling 1-877-382-4357. Wondering what the scam sounds like?  Visit the FTC website to hear a recording of the Social Security Scam.

FTC & FDA Warnings concerning supplement sellers (2/11/19):  This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to certain companies making unproven claims that their products can treat or cure Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions. Many of these products are sold on websites and social media platforms – and called “dietary supplements” or natural remedies. But that doesn’t mean they are necessarily safe. For more information read the FTC blog post here.

Phantom Debt Collection Scheme (2/8/19):  Getting a call about a debt you don’t owe – or even recognize – can be annoying. It can be downright scary when the caller claims to be a lawyer and threatens legal action if you don’t pay. Such are the ploys of phantom debt collectors: lies, harassment, intimidation and threats. For more information read the FTC blog post here.

 

Free Webcast: Recognizing Elder Abuse on Legal Helplines and Hotlines

When: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 11:00 am PT/2:00 pm ET. 

Recognizing elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults over the phone presents unique challenges for legal helpline and hotline advocates, and it requires skills specific to phone communication. Elder abuse may be hidden within the issue presented by the caller, and legal aid attorneys, pro bono attorneys, and staff have the difficult task of spotting these issues and determining the best way to handle them.  Go here to learn more and register for NCLERs free webcast.

 

The National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER) provides free trainings and resources for thousands of advocates a year regarding issues facing low-income older adults. Learn more in NCLER’s new video!

CDAA National Elder & Dependent Adult Abuse Symposium

A Multi-disciplinary Training Event:  CDAA National Elder & Dependent Adult Abuse, April 15-18, 2019 @ the Hyatt Regency Orange County, Anaheim, CA.  This training is designed for prosecutors, investigators, law enforcement, adult protective services administrators and case workers, state and local agency personnel, medical professionals, coroners and medical examiners, and victim/witness advocates who work with the DA Office.  Go here for more information and to register.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2019

Lifting Up Voices for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 2019:  Lifting Up the Voices of Older Survivors is both the title and the foundation for a new video project which features survivors throughout the Unites States sharing their stories and experiences of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and financial exploitation. Additionally, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) and the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) invite you to use a soon to be released collection of special Lifting Up Voices outreach and campaigning tools in your community.  If you would like to be placed on a list to receive this new collection of resources, please go here.  Submitting your information will also enable you to receive notifications on the Office of Victims of Crime Lifting Up Voices of Older Survivors by NCALL and Terra Nova Films video release in Summer 2019.

 

Romance Scams

Romance scams are not limited to Valentine’s Day.  These scams happen when a new love pretends to be interested in you as a way to get your money and it happens more than you might think. In fact 26% of Connecticut residents polled in a new AARP survey reported that they, a family member or a friend have encountered attempted financial scams while seeking friendship or love interest online.  Here are some helpful educational resources:

AARP CT issues a release:  “To help empower people to take steps to protect themselves and their families, the AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched an educational campaign to raise awareness of online-based relationship fraud schemes.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau blogged about romance scams and created a prevention placemat to help older adults who might fall under the spell of a scam artist.  The placemat is part of a series of consumer educational placemats that meal service providers deliver to older adults and senior meal sites.  These placemats are free to download or order in bulk.

Federal Trade Commission wrote a blogpost that features important information such as how to report a scam to the FTC.

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) wrote a second blogpost as part of its Online Romance Scams campaign with information on reporting resources and links to its revamped Looking for Love fact sheet series (Version #1 and Version # 2).