Elder abuse is a rapidly growing criminal problem. As the baby boom generation grays and life expectancy increases, incidents of physical, emotional and financial abuse against elders are expected to grow unless steps are taken. Detection of abuse, neglect and fraud is critical.
One of District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s top priorities is safeguarding seniors from financial crimes. Her mother was the victim of a telephone scam.
She initiated a public education campaign in partnership with the Rotary Club of Los Angeles, in which the District Attorney’s Office trains and equips Rotary Club volunteers to educate seniors on how to protect themselves against fraud.
As part of the campaign, the District Attorney and her mother made public service announcements warning elders about the dangers of financial scams. The office also produces twice monthly Fraud Alerts to warn the public about new and ongoing scams in Los Angeles County. You may view them here.
The office also created a new pamphlet, Safeguarding Your Future, filled with tips to help seniors avoid being defrauded.
For these efforts, the District Attorney’s Elder Abuse Financial Abuse Outreach campaign was presented in October 2014 with the Los Angeles County Quality and Productivity Commission’s Top Ten Award and Plain Language Award.
As part of this campaign, these web pages include important information about the warning signs of possible criminal activity involving financial fraud. There also is important information on physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. To read more about these topics, please click on the links in the text above. Dependent adults also are victims of these crimes.
If you are concerned that a senior is being victimized, please contact your local law enforcement agency and/or the Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Hotline 1-877-4-R-SENIORS (1-877-477-3646). You also may report elder abuse online at this Los Angeles County Adult Protective Services website (https://fw4.harmonyis.net/LACSSLiveintake/).