Seniors are the fastest-growing segment of the population, and that has helped make them an especially popular target for scammers.
According to experts, the top three crimes affecting seniors are identity theft, Medicaid/Medicare and medication fraud, and financial exploitation. Financial abuse alone is estimated to cost seniors nearly $3 billion a year. Making matters worse it that many seniors won't report being victimized. A recent AARP study found that only 25 percent of seniors have reported to authorities that they've fallen for a scam.
Good news, though! Now, there are new tools for North Idaho seniors and their families to combat fraud, thanks to an alliance of advocacy groups, including local law enforcement. You'll find them on the "Protect Seniors From Fraud" website. One tool, called a Criminal Target Scale, will help family caregivers determine how likely their loved one is to be a scam victim.