Fraud, senior citizen, elder abuse, epidemic, scam, government


In 2011, a landmark study was published by the Metlife Mature Market Institute claiming that nearly $3 billion disappears from the wallets and bank accounts of senior citizens annually. More surprising is that a similar study reported that figure could be as high as $36 billion. Because so many seniors let incidents of fraud or financial deceit go unreported, there is a huge discrepancy in annual reporting. This contributes to the overall lack of understanding we have of elder financial abuse, or why seniors continue to lose to fraudsters and scam artists. In a brief overview of financial elder abuse in America, I review why senior citizens are so important to American society, why they are being scammed, and what the government is doing to protect seniors from becoming victims of fraud in the future.



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