Please RSVP by calling 740-387-0401 by October 25th. Seats are limited!
Scammers aren’t always strangers. According to the National Council on Aging, more than 90% of reported elder abuse is committed by someone the victim knows. Financial fraud against seniors can include depleting a joint checking account, promising but not delivering care in exchange for money or property, outright theft, and other forms of abuse. Sometimes these are crimes of convenience, other times, they can be symptoms of a wider pattern of abuse. Here are some tips to identify and prevent fraud and abuse from people you know.
- Don’t isolate yourself or allow yourself to be isolated. Stay involved with your extended family, friends, and community as much as possible. Contact your local senior center or area agency on aging for information about local opportunities, transportation options, and more. If you feel a friend or family member is trying to prevent you from talking to other people or being as active as you’d like, say something to a trusted friend or loved one. You can also sign up for our Staying Connected service for a daily check-in call.
- Protect your credit card and bank account numbers. Do not leave your credit or debit cards, checkbook, or bank statement where others can find them easily. Stick with businesses you know and trust and do some homework before engaging with new businesses. If a business contacts you unexpectedly, do not write down your credit card or bank account numbers or give them over the phone. Destroy any receipts that include your account information.
- Use direct deposit for payments. Using direct deposit means that any pay or benefits owed to you go right into your accounts and are protected. Direct deposit eliminates the need for paper checks, which can be easily stolen from your home or mailbox.
- Know what you are agreeing to. Take time to shop around and do research before making a purchase. Ask a trusted friend or family member for help with difficult decisions. Do not allow yourself to be pressured into making purchases, signing contracts, or spending money, even if the person urging you do so is someone you usually trust.
Protect your loved ones.
Here are signs that may mean an older loved one is the victim of financial abuse:
- Recent changes in their accounts, such as unexpected withdrawals, new people added to the account, or sudden use of credit card, debit card, and checks.
- Unpaid rent, mortgage, utility, medical, or other essential bills.
- Unusual amounts of mailings and calls offering sweepstakes entries, magazine subscriptions, or free gifts.
- A change in how they act, such as becoming withdrawn, confused, or afraid.
- A change in how another family member or friend treats them, especially if they seem to be limiting their contact with others.
Scammers are increasingly targeting older adults. They use scams to steal money or get personal information they can use to open accounts and access other benefits. These scams are widespread and change all the time to take advantage of new technology, current events, and more. Protect yourself by knowing the common types of scams that target older Ohioans and what you should do if a scammer targets you.
Scams That Target Older Adults
- Scammers may pretend to be someone you trust by appearing to call or text from a legitimate phone number or sending official-looking emails.
- Scammers may may act in ways that you wouldn’t expect from the person they claim to be or the company they claim to represent, such as yelling or threatening you.
- Scammers may ask or demand that you make immediate payment by unusual means, such as gift cards, prepaid debit cards, internet currency, money transfer, or by sending cash in the mail.
- Scammers may claim you’ve one a prize, but you must pay a fee or provide personal information to claim it. Remember, you generally can’t win a lottery or sweepstakes you didn’t enter.
- Scammers may pretend to be from a well-known technology company and tell you that there are problems with your device that you were unaware of, then offer to fix it.
- Scammers may try to pressure you into acting right away with only the information they tell you, and may get angry or ignore you if you request more information and time to decide.
- Scammers may ask for personal information, such as your social security number, birth date, or banking information.
- Scammers may pose as new friends on social media and online games. While it may seem like harmless small talk, questions such as where you live, what you do for a living, and if you’re married may give strangers information they can use to scam you.
If you are new or nearly new to Medicare health coverage and benefits, plan on attending Medicare 101, a free seminar offered by the Ohio Department of Insurance and the Marion County Council on Aging. On Tuesday, October 12th at 2:00 PM, a representative from the Department of Insurance will be at the Council on Aging office to give a comprehensive overview of Medicare. He will cover the different parts of Medicare, like Parts A, B, C and D, as well as discuss the many different options of Medicare Supplement plans offered in Ohio. This is a free and fast-paced presentation; participants will be given a lot of important information that will be helpful in choosing your Medicare options when the time comes. If you are already on Medicare, you will learn what options you have if you want to make changes to your plans.
This presentation is FREE, but space is limited and reservations are necessary. The Marion County Council on Aging is located at 125 Executive Dr., Suite 102. CALL 740-387-0401 for reservations and further information.
The Marion County Council on Aging is pleased to announce that the 2022 application materials are now available for Council on Aging Community Enrichment Grants. The Board of Directors established this program to fund special projects and services that enhance and enrich the lives of older adults in Marion County. Community Enrichment Grants are only available to agencies or organizations that provide services for persons age 60 and over. Completed applications are due at the Council on Aging office no later than Friday, October 29, 2021. If you would like application materials or more detailed information about Community Enrichment Grants, please contact the Marion County Council on Aging at 740-387-0401
- How is the Marion County Council on Aging funded?
The Council on Aging is funded solely through the Senior Services Levy.
- What is the annual budget of the Council on Aging?
At .8 mils, the Senior Services Levy generates approximately $800,000 per year.
$675,000 goes to direct services for Marion County seniors, in the form of service contracts. The remaining $125,000 is for administrative costs, including rent, supplies, and salaries for 1.5 employees.
- What will the Senior Services Levy cost me each month?
This is a renewal levy and will cost the owner of a $100,000 home slightly less than $2.00 per month.
- What services are funded through the Senior Services Levy?
Home-delivered meals, medical transportation, personal shopping, in-home
care/personal care, adult day care, center, Alzheimer’s services, and much