June 12, by Verafin. The study utilizes information from Suspicious Activity Reports SARs to identify emerging trends in financial crime, and calls upon financial institutions to proactively monitor and report suspicious activities to law enforcement and adult protective services, in an effort to protect senior and vulnerable consumers. These reports indicate that financial exploitation of older adults by scammers, family members, caregivers, and others is widespread in the United States. Elder financial abuse often occurs through fraudulent schemes such as romance, lottery or employment scams, where a victim may transfer money from a bank account, or provide their banking credentials, directly to a fraudster.
Case study: Financial abuse
Protecting older adults against financial exploitation | UCD Research
The purpose of this paper is to report on the aspects of an exploratory investigation into the scale and nature of the financial abuse of adults lacking mental capacity. It demonstrates the significance of financial abuse within the spectrum of abuse experienced by adults at risk; the wide range of both victims lacking capacity being abused and type of financial abuse; its often hidden nature embedded within the family; and the limitations of processes designed to protect. The investigation reveals the paucity of statistical data available on the nature of financial abuse and the outcomes of official investigations into reported cases, both of which limit analysis and understanding of the phenomenon. It demonstrates the need for greater transparency and consistency in the reporting of safeguarding and legal processes to enable practitioners and policymakers to fully understand the nature and significance of this abuse for both victims and society. It questions the extent to which existing protective processes are sufficient in terms of safeguarding victims and deterring perpetrators.
New Pennsylvania Aging Department study: Family often behind elder financial fraud
In this segment, a snapshot of the case presented in a previous blog post is summarized. Responses to this case from our readers is highlighted, an inside glimpse into the workings of the MDT is provided and the outcomes of the case are explained. Snapshot of Part One: A case of elder financial exploitation and psychological and emotional abuse. To read the full case description, click here.
Elder financial exploitation is a growing public health crisis, with 2. The alert model also identifies new cases of elder financial abuse that are overlooked by analysts. Crucially, this work is now helping to protect millions of older people against financial crime.