Placer County Makes Presentation on “Senior Frauds and Scams”

At the January Assistance League® of Greater Placer meeting, representatives from the Placer County Government made a presentation on the fraud, scams, and abuse perpetuated against vulnerable members of our community, especially seniors. The presentation was very informative, important, and timely.
Some of the highlights of the presentation:
-Speakers defined elder abuse and told why seniors are targeted
-Reported on Placer County theft, including: financial theft (money, medication, jewelry, purse, bank accounts), family member theft; telephone and caregiver theft, shopping cart and gift card theft
-Described contractor scams, and added license board website to check on contractors:
-Advised ways to avoid scams: Create a family “password” that is only known to a few trusted family members; add suspicious callers to Do Not Call list on phone
-Reported on Adult Protective Services for Placer County for residents 60+ years, dependent disabled adults 18-59 years, or vulnerable adults unable to meet their own needs
-Advised ways to report suspected abuse, even if only having a “gut feeling”. No actual proof is needed: Call 916-787-8860, 24/7 availability
-Announced 2024 information event: Senior Resource Fair Sept. 12, 2024 10-2; Maidu, Roseville
-Provided handouts about provided services and referral numbers
Pictured are the speaker representatives from Placer County: Imelda Thompson and Julie Avendano with Adult Protective Services, Shannon Quigley, Deputy District Attorney Placer County District Attorney’s Office, and Cassidy Paganucci, Victim Advocate, Placer County Connect and Seniors First