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An April Fool's Day Reminder: Department Of Aging Advises Seniors On How To Avoid Scams

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Aging is recognizing April Fools' Day by providing Pennsylvania's older adults with advice to help avoid being "fooled" by fraud and scams.

April 1 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: www.aging.state.pa.us  

Media contacts: Christina Reese, Dept. of Aging; 717-783-1550

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Aging

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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