AARP: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day aims to reduce scams

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Elder abuse can happen anywhere, anytime.

It’s estimated that older adults lose about $3 billion annually due to financial exploitation and abuse. The effects go beyond the checkbook; it can cause emotional distress, deterioration of physical health, and loss of independence. Only about 1 out of 14 cases are actually reported to authorities.

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If you suspect someone is being abused, please report it. June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Seniors, family members and senior providers are encouraged to contact their local AARP State Office for free scam and fraud prevention resources or for more information.

If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.

Contact local law enforcement or the AARP Fraud Watch Network by clicking this website or calling 1-877-908-3360 to report a scam or for more information on scam and fraud prevention.

Provided by the AARP