April 1, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Aging is recognizing
April Fools' Day
's older adults with advice to help avoid being "fooled" by fraud and scams.
is often associated with harmless pranks and good-natured jokes, but crimes targeting older people are a real issue that hurt many innocent people. Though financial exploitation is a crime that can be punishable by law, it is often hard to retrieve stolen money from the criminals. The best way to ensure you or a loved one's finances are safe is to stop fraud before it happens.
Some tips to help recognize a suspicious and possibly fraudulent situation:
- Respond cautiously to in-person, mail, Internet or solicitations.
- Avoid persons who ask for money unless you purchased or bought a product or service from them
- Be cautious of any deal that sounds too good to be true
If you believe you have been contacted by a suspicious person or entity, this type activity could be considered a potential abuse.
Any person who believes that an older adult is being abused, neglected, exploited or abandoned may call the statewide elder abuse hotline at 1-800-490-8505, which is open 24 hours a day, or the local Area Agency on Aging. If you have concerns about the quality of care an older person is receiving from a facility or a caregiver, please call your local Area Agency on Aging for guidance.
For more information about the Department of Aging's protective services program and other resources, please visit:
, Dept. of Aging; 717-783-1550
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Aging