“An estimated $3-billion is stolen from one million seniors each year and the problem is growing.”
There’s a major warning from the Attorney General and other authorities about scamming seniors, according to cbslocal.com’s recent article entitled “Law Enforcement Has A Major Warning For The Nation’s Elderly”
One Texas woman who was scammed by predators targeting the elderly lost everything.
“She felt humiliated and she had lost everything. She died with 69 dollars in her bank account,” said the fraud victim’s daughter Angela Stancick.
Stancick claims the fraud drove her grandmother to suicide.
However, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced a major federal crackdown.
“The rise of new technologies has made it easier for criminals to coordinate their efforts and perpetrate their crimes,” said Sessions.
Sessions and other officials unveiled what they say is one of the biggest elder care enforcement actions in U.S. history.
More than 200 defendants have been charged in fraudulent sweepstakes, contests, and technology schemes. They’re accused of defrauding seniors out of their life savings.
“You can be a target, but you don’t have to be a victim,” said Postal Chief Inspector Guy Cottrell.
Officials stress that consumer education is the best defense from these scams. They advise seniors never to pay to receive sweepstakes winnings.
Families should watch for suspicious mail.
Families are encouraged to speak with the FBI, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), or their state attorney general, if they have any questions or concerns.
Elder fraud is on the rise: officials said the Senate Committee on Aging reported that its fraud hotline took twice as many reports in 2016 as it did in 2015.
Reference: cbslocal.com (February 22, 2018) “Law Enforcement Has A Major Warning For The Nation’s Elderly”