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updated: 9/9/2012 4:33 PM

Program aims to protect elderly from fraud

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Submitted by Home Instead Senior Care

The National Association of Triads and Home Instead Senior Care have launched a public information program to educate families and seniors about how to protect themselves from scams targeting the elderly. A number of important tools in the fight are available online at ProtectSeniorsFromFraud.com, including a Criminal Target Scale, which can help family caregivers assess how likely their senior is to be the potential target of a scam. And free senior fraud protection kits are available from Home Instead Senior Care offices at 450 E. Higgins Road, Suite 102, Elk Grove Village; 3100 Dundee Road, Suite 107, Northbrook; and 1410 W. Higgins Road, Suite 204, Park Ridge. According to experts, the top three crimes targeting seniors are identity theft, Medicaid/Medicare and medication fraud, and financial exploitation. The annual financial loss by victims of elder financial abuse is estimated to be at least $2.9 billion. "A recent AARP study found that only 25 percent of victims over age 55 have reported to authorities that they've fallen for a scam," said Ed Hutchison, director of the National Association of Triads Inc.

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