Multiple organizations gathered for the third annual Financial Exploitation Awareness Expo at the Garden Senior Center Tuesday to tell seniors how they can protect themselves.
The event was hosted by Senior Community Services and Adult Protective Services.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services says that financial exploitation is when a caretaker, family member or anyone with an ongoing relationship with an elderly or disabled person illegally uses that person's money or property for their own personal benefit or profit. They say nearly 1,000 Texans were victims of financial exploitation in 2012.
Organizations such as the Better Business Bureau, the Women's Shelter of South Texas and the Corpus Christi Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division took part in Tuesday's seminar, highlighting how you should protect yourself from scams and other forms of financial exploitation.
Some warning signs include:
You can report abuse, neglect and exploitation of the elderly and disables to Adult Protective Services by calling 1-800-252-5400, or visit www.txabusehotline.org.
Other helpful resources include:
The Better Business Bureau's Corpus Christi office, 361-852-4949 or www.bbb.org.
The Texas Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline, 1-800-621-0508 or www.oag.state.tx.us.
The Federal Trade Commission, 1-877-382-4357 or www.ftc.gov.
Area Agency on Aging/Aging & Disability Resource Center, 1-800-817-5743 or 361-883-3935.
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