On Wednesday of this week, Oakland Grand Lake Neighbors will host a session on fraud against seniors and how to spot it. Here’s why.
Fraud and scams against Seniors is a major problem, not just in Oakland, but around America. According to The Lincoln Times, cams can come in a variety of forms including tech support, lottery, IRS impersonators, grandparent, and sham business opportunities. Losses from alleged elder fraud schemes totaled over $750 million during this year’s sweep.
The problem is so bad, The Western District U.S. Attorney William Barr and the FBI announced an Elder Justice Initiative. The initiative aims to expand efforts to investigate and prosecute financial scams targeting seniors and to educate older adults on how to identify scams and to combat elder financial exploitation and promote coordination with law enforcement partners.
Oakland Grand Lake Neighbors Meeting On Scams Against The Elderly
In Oakland the March Grand Lake Neighbors Meeting will take up the topic of how to deal with this problem. Here’s the details:
Please join us this coming Wednesday evening 3/20/19 for our March Grand Lake Neighbors meeting. In addition to our regular contributors from the Oakland Police Department, we will welcome Deputy District Attorney Cheryl Poncini from the Alameda County DA office. Cheryl will be speaking on and answering questions about current issues with fraud and scams that, especially, target seniors.
You will learn about:
– different types of scams and frauds and how to spot them – front door, phone, US mail, Internet,
– how to avoid becoming a victim,
– if you or someone you know becomes a victim, how, where & why to report it.
If you are a Senior, know a Senior, or will become a Senior at some point in your life, this presentation is for you. Crooks do their homework to select victims and we need to fight them with knowledge and certainty!
WHAT: Grand Lake Neighbors (Neighborhood Council/NCPC for beats 14Y and 16X, Grand Lake and Crocker)
WHEN: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 7 – 8:30PM
WHERE: Lakeshore Baptist Church, 3534 Lakeshore at Mandana
Get to know your neighbors!
If you suspect you are the victim of such abuse, call complaints can be filed online with the FBI at www.IC3.gov.