With World Elder Abuse Awareness Day coming up on June 15, Attorney General Curtis Hill has announced that his office is working with other state agencies and non-profit organizations through membership in the newly-formed Indiana Council Against Senior Exploitation (IN-CASE).
IN-CASE pursues a mission of educating seniors and their caregivers on how to prevent all types of fraud. Each year, older Americans lose an estimated $2.9 billion to $36.5 billion to financial exploitation, abuse and scams, according to the National Council on Aging.
“In this office, our efforts to protect consumers already involve a significant focus on seniors,” Attorney General Hill said. “We must use every available tool to safeguard Hoosiers from scammers trying to take people’s money or steal their identities. One way we make progress on this front is through collaboration with partners.”
Other members of IN-CASE include the Office of the Indiana Secretary of State, the Indiana FSSA Division of Aging, the Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the Better Business Bureau Serving Central Indiana, AARP Indiana, Indiana Legal Services and other public and private organizations. To learn more about IN-CASE and various events it is sponsoring this month, go to www.IN-CASE.org.
By the year 2030, 1 out of every 5 Hoosiers will be age 65 or older, according to population projections by the Indiana Business Research Center with the IU Kelley School of Business.
If you believe you or a loved one have been the victim of any type of scam or attempted scam, the Office of the Attorney General may be able to help. Go to indianaconsumer.com or call 1-800-382-5516 to file a complaint.