Many Americans have lost money or property to a scam on the phone, the internet, or from someone in person. Seniors are often the target for scammers looking to make an easy dollar.

Older adults are targets because many are trusting, have access to funds, and are unfamiliar with how technology can access their personal information.

The Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition is a large group of agencies representing non-profit, profit, and government organizations that work to eliminate elder abuse in Kent County, Michigan and surrounding areas.

The group meets monthly to discuss current elder and vulnerable adult abuse cases in Kent County. You can find alerts of current scams vulnerable adults may tricked into on their website. They also provide seminars and trainings on elder abuse and financial exploitation.

You can learn more by visiting the website for the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan.

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