Local Progam Aims to Help Seniors Identify Scams

"2.9 billion dollars a year in senior scams, which is up 12 percent since about 2008. So, this is a problem and it's not going away," said Brad Cannon of Home Instead Senior Care.

The numbers are staggering and Home Instead Senior Care is trying to lower them by promoting awareness for seniors and their children about scams.

"We've recognized over the years in caring for seniors that they are definitely a target for scams. Scams on the telephone, on the computer, even live door to door scams," said Cannon.

Experts say the top three crimes targeting seniors are identity theft, Medicaid/Medicare, medication fraud, and financial exploitation.

Organizers say it's just a start to what they plan to do in the future, and right now they're just trying to get the word out.

"We've developed a senior protection fraud kit that helps adult children and seniors themselves try to evaluate if they are at risk for being a target of scams, and also a to do list of things to change in case they are a victim of scams," said Cannon.

Some of the things in the pack they talk about is dealing with tele-marketers, how to get on the "do not call list" door-to-door salesmen, and fake charities.

Another thing they're fighting against is identity theft.

Attorney Dan Rudloff has dealt with cases of identity theft, and says this program will help to stop a difficult crime.

"They have networks regional, national, and even international. They will buy people's identifiers, credit information and that type thing," said Rudloff.

So, in the future you may be able to stop a loved one from getting scammed.

To download a copy of the program, you can go to www.protectseniorsfromfraud.com

Or go to the Home Instead Senior Care office near Greenwood Mall in Bowling Green to get a paper copy.

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