Elder Abuse can happen anywhere, anytime. It’s estimated that older adults lose about $3 billion annually due to financial exploitation and abuse.

The effects go beyond the checkbook; it can cause emotional distress, deterioration of physical health, and loss of independence. Only about 1 out of 14 cases are actually reported to authorities.

If you suspect someone is being abused, please report it. June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Seniors, family members and senior providers are encouraged to contact the Office of Securities toll free at 1-877-624-8551 for copies of senior fraud prevention resources or for more information.

Contact local law enforcement or the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork or 1-877-908-3360 to report a scam or for more information on scam and fraud prevention.

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