According to a 2011 Assessment of the Needs of Elder Floridians,
“A majority of survey respondents (87%) expressed a considerable degree of concern about being a victim of consumer fraud or swindle. Despite high levels of concern for this issue, over one-half of elders surveyed (54%) were not familiar with programs to educate and protect them from abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.”
Did you know that if you suspect fraud or have experienced fraud, 2-1-1 can connect you to your local, regional and national resources who can help you? So even if you are one of the 54% who don’t know what the resources are, it’s ok, 2-1-1 has you covered. While instances of fraud among elders is fairly low, only 12% of elders surveyed in FL experienced fraud in the past year, according to the FTC Florida was #1 for identity theft in the nation in 2012. There are many forms of fraud, so whether it’s through the internet, mail, taxes, social security, insurance, telemarketing or more, simply dial 2-1-1 to get resources for support.
Do you want to take action to do something to prevent fraud in your community or keep your community safe? Agencies such as Seniors Vs Crime need your help. Did you know that elders in FL volunteered 154 million hours during 2013? Now that is living united!