A free seminar for senior citizens, sponsored by the Elder Abuse Prevention Council of Santa Barbara County, will explain the ‘ins and outs’ of avoiding scams on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Public Library in Montecito.
“Senior citizens are a primary target of scammers”, announced Vicki Johnson, Deputy District Attorney, County of Santa Barbara. “As a result, our District Attorney has developed a program to provide fraud prevention, intervention and victim support.”
“It is often said that financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they’re now considered “the crime of the 21st century,” stated Jim Talbott, President, Board of Directors of Area Agency on Aging. “Some speculate that seniors are thought to have a significant amount of money sitting in their accounts.”
The seminar in Montecito will include a keynote presentation by John Savrnoch, Assistant District Attorney, and a panel including a local banker and Adult Protective Services staff. Additionally, the seminar will include a role playing skit.
Financial scams often go unreported or can be difficult to prosecute, so they’re considered a “low-risk” crime. However, they’re devastating to many older adults and can leave them in a very vulnerable position with little time to recoup their losses.
It’s not just wealthy seniors who are targeted. Low-income older adults are also at risk of financial abuse. And it’s not always strangers who perpetrate these crimes. Over 90% of all
reported elder abuse is committed by an older person’s own family members, most often their adult children, followed by grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and others.
Sponsors of the Senior Scam/Fraud Alert seminar include Santa Barbara County District Attorney, Area Agency on Aging, DASH (Doctors Assisting Seniors at Home), Union Bank Our Gang and the Elder Abuse Prevention Council of Santa Barbara County.
For more information about the Senior Scam/Fraud Alert seminar contact the Area Agency on Aging at 925-9554 or 1-800-510-2020.