The Home Assistance Referral Team will host a talk on elder fraud, presented by the FBI, titled “FBI Perspectives on Elder Fraud: Realities, Losses, and Prevention” The event begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at Elderwood Residences at Wheatfield, 100 Crescent Court.
Organizers said, “An FBI supervisory special agent from FBI Buffalo will be the featured presenter and will talk about elder fraud cases that are impacting people in WNY. In addition, tips and suggestions will be provided on ways to prevent yourself and your friends from becoming victims. Each year, millions of elderly Americans fall victim to some type of financial fraud or confidence scheme including romance, lottery and sweepstakes scams, to name a few.”
HART Executive Director Christine S. O’Hara said, “We are honored to have the opportunity to partner with the FBI for this very important topic. Bringing awareness to our community and to the individuals we serve can help prevent this growing crime.”
Tammy Ooft, administrator at the Elderwood at Wheatfield Independent Living facility and a HART board member said, “At Elderwood at Wheatfield, we strive to provide whatever is needed for our residents to live safe and comfortable lives. Providing this presentation is another way to let them know that we care about them and their protection.”
The event is open to the public, but limited seating is available. To reserve a spot, call HART at 716-754-8313.
A press release noted, “The FBI’s participation is not, and should not be perceived as, an endorsement of any product, service or enterprise.”
HART Inc. is a home care referral service that connects seniors and others with qualified care, allowing them to remain independent in their own homes. HART serves Niagara and Erie counties.