FBI, This Week: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
June 14, 2019
As the world recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the FBI is ratcheting up efforts to combat the financial exploitation of those 60 and older.
Mollie Halpern: As the world recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the FBI is ratcheting up efforts to combat the financial exploitation of those 60 and older.
With the FBI receiving an increase in the number of reported complaints about elder fraud, it has elevated its Elder Fraud Initiative into a national priority.
The Bureau is enhancing training on elder fraud investigations, conducting large-scale takedowns with its law enforcement partners, and raising awareness of the crimes.
Unit Chief Anthony Bivona…
Bivona: Another way we are combating elder fraud is that we are taking a leadership role in the newly created Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force, which targets the organizations that are perpetuating these elder fraud schemes.
Halpern: Those perpetrating scams against older Americans can be from foreign countries, but a larger percentage of them are loved ones.
Bivona: Ninety percent of all elder abuse is committed by trusted and known individuals. It's committed by family members, people that they know, neighbors, people that they trust.
Halpern: Losses from elder fraud result in millions of dollars a year. If you or an elderly loved one are victims of this crime, report it to ic3.gov. With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.