Our History

In November 2014, our Project’s founder, Jeffrey Westeman, was contacted by a family member, who asked him to look into what appeared to be a scam of her elderly parents.

After getting involved, Westeman found the couple had been scammed of $33,000 in 6 weeks. He was shocked at the sophistication of the methods and social techniques used by the scammers, all who were offshore suspects. It was a business being operated with metrics in place for performance, and handoffs based on human psyche response. The operation was intelligent, using techniques to limit detection by family members of the victims; thus enabling the continuation of the scam and the increase in revenue.

The full story of the incident has been written in story format. All names and locations have been changed to maintain the families’ privacy.

Once the scam had been stopped, the family encouraged Westeman to do something to help other seniors – noting most families don’t have someone to help, especially with a background in technology, security, and law enforcement.

Once the scam had been stopped, the family encouraged Westeman to do something to help other seniors – noting most families don’t have someone to help, especially with a background in technology, security, and law enforcement.

Westeman spent months researching the problem of financial abuse of senior citizens. After studying the various types of fraud committed against seniors, the methods used, the indicators, and the actions and tools necessary to resolve, Westeman saw a huge gap in the social and legal system, and wondered why something more comprehensive wasn’t being done to stop the problem.

After discussing with family and friends, the decision was made to create the Stop Senior Thefts Project.

The Project’s mission is defined as Engaging, Educating, and Empowering Senior Citizens, their families, financial institutions, medical professionals, and law enforcement agencies on methods to identify and mitigate financial abuse of Senior Citizens by individuals who take advantage of their kindness, emotions, or cognitive impairment.

For more information on the services we provide, please visit our How We Help page.

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.