Governor Cuomo: Consumer Protection Unit to Help Safeguard Against Fraud
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that he will dispatch the New York Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection to conduct training sessions for older New Yorkers on how to protect themselves against fraud. Older individuals are the most vulnerable populations to scams, and it is estimated that various schemes cost seniors in America more than $3 billion per year.
Older individuals are among the likeliest targets of the unscrupulous scammers who prey upon them. According to the AARP, roughly one-third of all scam victims are 65 or older.
AARP estimates that fraud costs older Americans more than $3 billion a year, but the true figure is many times higher, because most of these crimes go unreported out of embarrassment.
New York State Office for the Aging Director Corinda Crossdale said, "When it comes to protecting yourself from scams, information is the best protection. Scam artists are always coming up with something new, so learning about the scams and how to protect against them is important. The State Office for Aging's network of 59 local Offices for the Aging provides information on how to detect, and report fraud and abuse. I applaud Governor Cuomo's directive to educate and protect older New Yorkers from being scammed."
Presentations will be held across the state, with Buffalo, Queens, Bay Shore, and Albany hosting upcoming training sessions.
For more information about the initiative, read Governor Cuomo's press release.
Did You Know?
There is information available online about elder abuse. Read a June 2014 New York State Office for the Aging news article about elder abuse, and view a publication designed to fight it.