NJ Gives Seniors Online Antifraud Toolkit
In the battle against senior fraud, the state has loaded up some new ammunition to fight scammers and con artists. “New Jersey’s senior citizens, like their peers across the country, are being targeted relentlessly by con artists who see them as easy marks,” said acting Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino in a statement. The Anti-Fraud Toolkit can be accessed online at FightingFraud.nj.gov. Financial crimes against seniors are on the rise nationwide, the state said. One in five are affected, victimized for $2.6 billion a year, authorities said. “Education and awareness are by far the most effective tools for fighting fraud,” said Steve Lee, director of the state Division of Consumer Affairs in a statement. The toolkit includes information about how to identify scams, common computer frauds, and scams that come in the mail or may appear at your door. It also provides tips on distinguishing legitimate businesses from hoaxes and gives real-time fraud alerts on new scams that are popping up in the state.
David Wingate is an elder law attorney at the Elder Law Office of David Wingate, LLC. The elder law office services clients with powers of attorneys, living wills, Wills, Trusts, Medicaid and asset protection. The Elder Law office has locations in Frederick and Montgomery Counties, Maryland.