Regional Affairs Council – March 2012

billboard1 senior scams Regional Affairs Council – March 2012

(“How To Protect Your Parents from Fraud”)


Reported by KYW’s John McDevitt and Cherri Gregg



(Dick Blackburn.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Part 1: Senior Surfers At Risk

The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging has 18 investigators handling more than 2,000 calls per year.


(Jeanette Liggons, right, takes part in an eduction seminar for senior citizens run by the Philadelphia DA's office.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Part 2: Elder Fraud, Undetected or Unreported

“The elderly are vulnerable because they’re alone, and a lot of time they’re isolated and they’re looking for some type of interaction,” notes one expert.


(A can opener with hidden camera and wireless transmitter.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Part 3: Keeping A Watchful Eye On Granny

Now, thanks to technology, there are tools available to family members concerned that someone may be stealing from or hurting an elderly loved one.


(Seniors get information at a free anti-crime seminar offered by the Philadelphia district attorney's office.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Part 4: Fighting Back Against Fraud

What do you do if you find out that your elderly mom or dad is the victim of a financial scam?


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