Predators can be sly, cunning, convincing . . . and unfortunately can be a family member or close friend.
If you suspect something isn't quite right with the intentions of the caregiver or "new best friend" of the older adult, ask yourself this:
Are they or do you suspect that they are:
Do your part in helping protect one of our community's most vulnerable and precious persons. Report Elder Abuse now.
Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta
Beware of scammers preying on your fear of COVID-19, including:
• Individuals and businesses selling "cures" for COVID-19 online and engaging in other forms of fraud.
• Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
• Malicious websites and apps that appear to share Coronavirus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until a ransom is paid.
• Seeking donations for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations.
• Medical providers obtaining patient information for COVID-19 testing and then using that to fraudulently bill for other tests and procedures.
If you get unsolicited calls like these, don’t believe them. Instead:
• Hang up. Don’t press any numbers. The recording might say that pressing a number will let you speak to a live operator or remove you from their call list, but it might lead to more robocalls, instead.
• Consider using a call blocking app or device. You also can ask your phone provider if it has call-blocking tools. To learn more, go to ftc.gov/calls.
• Report robocalls at ftc.gov/complaint. The more we hear from you, the more we can help fight scams.
Also call the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline (1-866-720-5721).
Other Elder Abuse Cases in the News
Woman may lose her home over "Elder Financial Exploitation" (Fox5)
Father to serve 2 years, son 10 years, for stealing from East Cobb widow Francis Perkins, 93 years old, scammed of $4.1 Million Dollars. Read more: http://mdjonline.com/view/full_story/26512309/article-Father-to-serve-2-years--son-10-for-stealing-from-widow?
Man Gets 20-Years in Prison for Ripping Off Elderly in Scam.
Joseph Dada Akintoye, 34, of Nigeria, was convicted Wednesday in Cobb County Superior Court of 15 charges, including racketeering, money laundering, theft by taking, theft by deception and exploitation of elder persons.