Chesco workshop: “Senior fraud: protect your loved ones”

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WEST CHESTER, PA – To help prevent senior fraud, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Chester County Senior Law Center and local senior centers to present a workshop called “Senior Fraud: Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones”.

The hour-long program is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14, at 10:30 a.m. at the Brandywine Valley Active Aging Downingtown Senior Center and at 10:30 a.m. and June 21 online at the BVAA Coatesville Senior Center.

World Abuse Awareness Day is Wednesday, June 15.

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About one in 10 seniors in Pennsylvania and the United States have been the victim of fraud.

The average amount of financial loss for a senior was $34,200, with the largest losses coming from checking or savings accounts, according to the Office of Financial Protection for Older Americans.

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“Each year, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office receives phone calls from members of the public who report scam calls,” said county sheriff Fredda Maddox. “Some people pose as law enforcement officers or Good Samaritans or pretend to be Good Samaritans to scam unsuspecting victims.”

The sheriff said the calls relate to calls they received regarding the provision of money or gift cards to help a relative who a caller believes has been incarcerated or to avoid incarceration for alleged non-appearance. as a juror.

Victoria Long, an attorney at the Senior Law Center Chester County, provided these tips to help prevent fraud:

  • Do not record your name on your voicemail greeting so that a scammer cannot record it on a computer system.
  • Beware of false emergencies
  • A scammer may try to create a sense of urgency.
  • Get help if you suspect someone is trying to cheat on you.
  • Report Fraud

For additional preventative action, register for Fraud Guard free of charge with the Chester County Recorder of Deeds to receive an early warning email notification when a land document is registered under a name you have registered.

The Recorder of Deeds and Registry of Wills also partner in a prevention program that helps prevent the illegal transfer of property that could harm incompetent people, including the elderly.

Sign up at www.chesco.org/recorder and click on Fraud Prevention Initiatives in the left menu.

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