[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1371681725&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4102909&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1371681725 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — It’s a cruel and sad reality, but there are scammers who thrive off of one goal – to prey on senior citizens.
Perhaps even worse, though, are seniors being targeted by their own families.
That was a hot topic at Wednesday’s Elder Abuse Awareness Day summit in Gadsden.
Different organizations took part in the even, passing out resources and teaching safety measures.
Along with aid on financial protection, tips were also given on coping with hearing and vision loss, medical fraud and assisted living options.
“Many times, there’s phone calls or people knocking on their door wanting to sell them things that they don’t need, and in many cases those result in fraudulent activity,” Jon Costa said.
According to the FBI, most seniors don’t report these crimes.
People who experience these crimes or have family members who have experienced these crimes are urged to contact law enforcement immediately.
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