PA Launches New Team to Investigate Financial Exploitation of Seniors

“Elder abuse is a problem that has increased over the years in Pennsylvania, and one of the fastest growing types of elder abuse has been financial exploitation. Perpetrators of financial exploitation have many faces, and sadly, many of them are faces that older adults know and trust,” said Secretary of Aging Robert Torres. “A person of trust can be well-positioned to commit crimes such as property theft, misuse of income or assets, or misuse of a Power of Attorney. Then there are threats posed by strangers – scams of many types including medical, contractor, grandchild impostor emergencies, Social Security or IRS, fake charities, gift card scams, pension poaching and more,” Torres added. 

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