Monroe Township, NJ -- According to the National Council on Aging, scams targeting seniors have become so rampant that they are now considered “the crime of the 21st century.” Scams come in all forms and even the savviest of seniors can be victimized by a clever scam artist. Unfortunately, the risk of being swindled has only increased and the results can be devastating.

Join us on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 9:30 am – 11:00 am at Jewish Family Services , 52 Concordia Shopping Center for an educational program, “Don’t Get Scammed!” Our speaker, Scott Silver, a money manager and owner of Helping Hands Bookkeeping, LLC, will review some of the most common scams today, how to detect them and steps you can take to prevent being victimized.

“Seniors face scams by computer, phone, mail and in person,” notes Mr. Silver, adding that elder financial fraud losses are estimated to be $2.9 billion annually. “It’s important for everyone to be alert and to learn to recognize the signs of fraud in order to keep from becoming a victim.”

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While scams can be perpetrated by strangers preying on the elderly, the biggest opportunity to be deceived often comes from someone who is known and trusted personally, such as a salesperson, friend, family member or caregiver. Seniors are particularly vulnerable and are victimized mostly because of diminished or slower mental capacity, decline in competency, loneliness, trust, lack of knowledge or awareness of predatory practices.

Attend “Don’t Be Scammed!” and take an important first step in learning about the most common scams today, how to protect yourself and your loved ones, and what to do if you think you have been victimized.  There is a requested donation of $5 to attend and pre-registration is required. To register please call 732-568-1155 or email info@wilfcampus.org. 

The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living is comprised of Stein Assisted Living, Jaffa Gate Memory Care Neighborhood, Stein Hospice, Wilentz Senior Residence, Wilf Transport, and The Foundation at the Wilf Campus. For more information, contact us at (732) 568-1155, info@wilfcampus.org or visit us at www.wilfcampus.org.