Education is a key strategy in the prevention of elder abuse. Friends, neighbors, and family members usually discover financial abuse. And health care professionals and law enforcement first discover physical elder abuse.
Seniors should be alert for and recognize the following warnings when dealing with people trying to sell them products – such as living trusts, annuities, long term care insurance, reverse mortgages or something else:
Unfortunately, family members often commit the financial abuse of seniors. If you are a parent or grandparent to the abuser, then you may have conflicted feelings about reporting the abuse. Report the abuse if you see it happening in your family or to your neighbors. Protect the victims and other potential victims.
First you should call the appropriate agency to report the scam. Contact the Consumer Services Office Toll-Free 1-866-275-2677 (English) or 916-327-7585.
A qualified attorney can also call, write or initiate legal action for any of the following: