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Elder abuse financial fraud event postponed

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Seniors are often the target of frauds and scams via phone internet, mail and in-person. The public is invited to learn how to avoid being a victim at a free event, Modern Times, Modern Crimes: Are You Protected?

This event is presented by The Cape Fear Elder Abuse Prevention Network and was originally set to be held Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Scott's Hill Baptist Church, 185 Scott's Hill Loop Road.

However, organizers said guest speakers traveling to the Cape Fear area from Raleigh will not make it due to potentially dangerous winter weather driving conditions.

The event will be scheduled for the spring on a date which hasn't been released at this point in time.

According to the National Council on Aging, a big reason why people target the elderly is because of the technology gap and because many believe seniors have a significant amount of money sitting in their bank accounts.

Financial scams also often go unreported or can be difficult to prosecute, so they're considered a "low-risk" crime.

It's not just wealthy seniors who are targeted. Low-income older adults are also at risk of financial abuse.

Presentations at Tuesday's event include: Federal, State and Local Officials including Secretary of State, Elaine Marshall, the United States Postal Service, Representatives from North Carolina State Offices of the Attorney General, Department of Insurance, Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program, Division of Aging & Adult Services, Better Business Bureau and Social Services as well as local District Attorneys, Ben David and Jon David.

A Panel Discussion concludes the event featuring Representatives from area Sheriff's offices, Adult Protective Services of Departments of Social Services, and Financial Institutions.

Contact Janeen Padavich at (910) 395-4553, extension 205 or jpadavich@capefearcog.org for more information about registration.

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