NANASP NEWS 
Fraud Safety 


 
 
 
The FBI is Watching Out For Seniors

The FBI cautions seniors and their family members about common financial schemes and warns that fraudsters often target senior citizens.  People who grew up in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s were generally raised to be polite and trusting. Con artists exploit these traits, knowing that it is difficult or impossible for these individuals to say "no" or just hang up the telephone.
 
Senior citizens often have a "nest egg," own their homes, and/or have excellent credit-all of which make them attractive to con artists.

Older Americans are less likely to report a fraud because they don't know who to report it to, are too ashamed at having been scammed, or don't know they have been scammed. 
 
Elderly victims may not report crimes, for example, because they are concerned that relatives may think the victims no longer have the mental capacity to take care of their own financial affairs.
 
The victims' realization that they have been swindled may take weeks-or more likely, months-after contact with the fraudster. This extended time frame makes it difficult to remember details from the events.
 
Senior citizens are more interested in and susceptible to products promising increased cognitive function, virility, physical conditioning, anti-cancer properties, and so on. In a country where new cures and vaccinations for old diseases have given every American hope for a long and fruitful life, it is not so unbelievable that the con artists' products can do what they claim.
 
If someone has been the target of a financial scam, we ask that they file a report at www.ic3.gov even they have not lost money. For more information about current trends about fraud schemes visit the FBI's IC3 website today.
   
Financial protection for older Americans
by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 

Older Americans face many financial challenges as they age. They have opportunities to travel, explore new fields of work or hobbies, or spend time with family and friends. But often scam artists or bad advice take away these opportunities. Our information and tools help seniors navigate safely through financial challenges.

Learn how to prevent elder financial exploitation using the Money Smart for Older Adults - Prevent Financial Exploitation curriculum. Produced in partnership with the FDIC, consumers can download the resource guide or the training module for instructors. Hard copies of the resource guide can be ordered and shipped free of charge here.

Financial caregiving is also an important task that many take on suddenly or with little preparation.  The free, downloadable Managing Someone Else's Money guides are available for agents under powers of attorneycourt-appointed guardianstrustees, and government fiduciaries (Social Security representative payees and VA fiduciaries). You can order free print copies in bulk here.

   
What is Financial Exploitation?

Financial exploitation occurs when a person misuses or takes the assets of a vulnerable adult for his/her own personal benefit. This frequently occurs without the explicit knowledge or consent of a senior or disabled adult, depriving him/her of vital financial resources for his/her personal needs.

Assets are commonly taken via forms of deception, false pretenses, coercion, harassment, duress and threats. 
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For more information, check out WISER's 8 briefs on elder financial abuse developed with the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA). Each brief covers a different topic to help you and those you care about stay financially protected.  Click on each item below for additional information.

   
 
NANASP Member Profile

        
     
    
 
Locations served: Monmouth and Ocean Counties, NJ
 
Program Type: SCAN (Social Community Activities Network) is a non-profit adult social education and resource center founded in 1988 and conveniently located in the Monmouth Mall and our satellite location in Freehold Borough. The name reflects the action-oriented profile of its members and the vibrancy and social networking strength of the organization. The main draw of membership, which is open to anyone aged 50 and over, is the opportunity to socialize, meet new friends and be proactive in staying healthier.
 
General Description: SCAN is a membership organization with over 1000 members. Although we have a small staff, we have a large impact on the Community. SCAN provides a wide variety of programs at our hub facility in Eatontown, NJ. Three semesters of classes, some of which charge a fee, are held each year, covering a wide variety of subjects including Art, Music, Computers & Technology, Finance, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Languages, Literature and Safety. In our fully outfitted TV studio, we also film three TV programs on a regular basis that are shown on local cable TV outlets and YouTube.
 
SCAN has also recently expanded our outreach into local communities by implementing our "SCAN on Wheels" program. Through SCAN on Wheels we now provide recreational, educational and social activities at our satellite location in Freehold, NJ and at other easily accessible locations throughout the area. One keynote program is SCAN's Successful Aging and Technology (SA&T) Program. This project is a partnership between SCAN and the Affordable Housing Alliance and is designed to use interactive technology to help selected applicants connect online and encourage ongoing and positive engagement in life. Participants are taught how to use tablet computers to get online and become engaged. Limited income participants are given free tablets. Other participants already own tablets but aren't sure how to use them. All participants also attend classes to learn to make and maintain meaningful changes in health behaviors, financial well-being and enrichment in later life. Coaching is provided to all.
 
Another new initiative at SCAN has been our Senior Intern program by which we bring qualified individuals on board to serve as Interns (as in the recent movie The Intern). This program allows us to take advantage of the background and experience of active adults who are interested in sharing their experiences and help SCAN do its business better.
Other notable programs include quarterly General Information meetings, twice yearly Brain Health Fairs, Take Control of Your Health Fairs, evidence-based workshops in subjects such as A Matter of Balance, Take Control of Your Health, Diabetes Self Management Program, Cancer: Survive and Thrive, as well as numerous other special events throughout the year.
 
We are fortunate to have many community partners include the Monmouth and Ocean Counties Offices on Aging, Affordable Housing Alliance, Community Services, Inc., the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, the YMCA of Western Monmouth, and many other local care providers. We are also fortunate to have many corporate sponsors including Monmouth Mall, Barnabas Health - Monmouth Medical Center, New Jersey Natural Gas, Investors Bank, Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, HealthSouth Rehabilitaton, Seabrook and Comfort Keepers.
 
Contact information: Social Community Activities Network, Monmouth Mall, 180 Highway 35 South, Eatontown, NJ 07724, Telephone: 732-542-1326, Website: www.scannj.com , FB: https://www.facebook.com/SCANNJ .
 
"I have been in the field of aging for 40 years. For the first 15 years I was in direct service. During the last 25 years I have been consulting with nonprofits and government agencies. In the past 4 years I have had the pleasure of working with SCAN, giving me the ability to practice what I have been preaching to clients, particularly in the field of aging."


 
Pat Bohse
Executive Director
SCAN (Social Community Activities Network)
 

 
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