U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr. are committed to protecting older adults by raising awareness of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation in the Northern District of Alabama.
“Unfortunately, some of the most vulnerable among us, our senior citizens, are a prime target of elder abuse, in all its forms. It is important that we inform and educate our older population about the scams that target them,” U.S. Attorney Escalona said. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to work closely with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to prosecute those who prey on senior citizens in the Northern District of Alabama.”
“Seniors are often targeted because they tend to be trusting and polite,” SAC Sharp said. “They also usually have financial savings, own a home, and have good credit—all of which make them attractive to scammers. I want to encourage all seniors and their caregivers to remain vigilant and educate yourself on the most prolific scams. Finally, if any person believes they are the victim of, or have knowledge of fraud involving an elderly person, regardless of the loss amount, they should immediately report it to the FBI.”
Each year, June 15th is recognized as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the abuse, neglect, and fraud schemes committed against older Americans.
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