Education

We offer educational seminars to a variety of groups involved in elder financial exploitation, such as senior citizens, their family members, law enforcement, financial institutions, care providers, and medical professionals.

The information below summarizes our educational seminars for these groups. If you would like to visit more about our seminars, or would like to schedule an event, please contact us.

Victims and Family Members:

Our victim and family focused educational seminars cover proactive and reactive strategies. We provide these seminars at NO COST to community centers, seniors clubs, activity groups, senior centers, churches, customers of financial institutions, etc.

Our seminars cover information such as:

  • Who are the thieves
  • Why are they targeting seniors
  • Identity theft and what to do
  • Avoid the tele-scammer
  • Beat the cyber scammer
  • Technical tips to take
  • The trusted person thief
  • Warning signs and indicators
  • Legal documents and their significance
  • Likelihood of additional abuse taking place
  • Emotional or psychological abuse as a support mechanism by the thief
  • Potential risk factors, such as cognitive impairment
  • Consent, capacity, and undue influence
  • What if you suspect theft?
  • What should you do to stop the drain of funds?
  • Who can you call to help?

Law Enforcement:

Our law enforcement educational seminars focus on investigative strategies, and advice on how to work with the victim and/or family members and ideas for investigation steps:

  • The raw statistics and what do they mean
  • Who are the thieves
  • Stranger theft
  • Telemarketing thieves
  • Cyber thieves
  • Why are they targeting seniors
  • Identity theft and what to advise the victim
  • Trusted person theft
  • Entities that may be involved with elder abuse victims or perpetrators
  • Indicators and warning signs
  • Legal Documents to review
  • Tips for communicating with older individuals
  • Polyvictimization – likelihood of additional abuse taking place
  • Emotional or psychological abuse as a support mechanism by the thief
  • Potential risk factors, such as cognitive impairment
  • Consent, capacity, and undue influence
  • Mandatory reporting
  • Adult Protective Services and additional resources

Financial Institutions:

Financial institutions are the front line against elder financial exploitation, and our in-depth seminars focus on how to identify potential abuse of an elder, and what to do next. We cover:

  • The raw statistics and what do they mean
  • Who are the thieves
  • Stranger theft
  • Telemarketing thieves
  • Cyber thieves
  • Why are they targeting seniors
  • Trusted person theft
  • Entities that may be involved with elder abuse victims or perpetrators
  • Indicators and warning signs
  • Fake check scam and what to do
  • Legal documents and their significance
  • Tips for communicating with older individuals
  • Polyvictimization – likelihood of additional abuse taking place
  • Emotional or psychological abuse as support mechanism by the thief
  • Potential risk factors, such as cognitive impairment
  • Consent, capacity, and undue influence
  • Federal Bank Privacy Laws
  • Mandatory reporting
  • Who can you call to help

Medical Professionals and Care Providers:

Professionals in the medical field may be faced with concerns about mental capacity of a patient, and in the course of the treatment, may become concerned about undue influence and neglect.

Many times, the realization that a senior citizen has been financially abused is also an indication of health related conditions that may be present, making the senior more susceptible to fraud. It is this cognitive impairment that makes them a target for repeated victimization.

Our medical related in-depth seminars focus on how to identify potential abuse of an elder, and what to do next:

  • The raw statistics and what do they mean
  • Who are the thieves
  • Why are they targeting seniors
  • Trusted person theft
  • Entities that may be involved with elder abuse victims or perpetrators
  • Indicators and warning signs
  • Legal documents and their significance
  • Tips for communicating with older individuals
  • Polyvictimization – likelihood of additional abuse taking place
  • Emotional or psychological abuse as a support mechanism by the thief
  • Potential risk factors, such as cognitive impairment
  • Consent, capacity, and undue influence
  • HIPAA Privacy Laws
  • Mandatory reporting
  • Who can you call to help

If you need assistance, would like to schedule an educational seminar, or would like to help our project, please contact us.

Additional resources for elder financial fraud can be found here.