Far too often residents, regardless of age, are targeted by scam artists. The North Brunswick Police Department would like to inform the community of the ‘Anti-Fraud Toolkit’, designed to provide you with the information you need when confronted with a potential scam. The Toolkit can be found through the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/Fraud.
Senior citizens, individuals 60 and over, are targeted more frequently by financial fraud and scams than any other age group. Today’s seniors are prime targets of fraudsters for several reasons, starting with their financial assets. Members of their generation are most likely to have a substantial “nest egg,” own their homes, or have excellent credit. Moreover, seniors are less likely to report a fraud, either because they don’t know who to report it to, are too ashamed at having been scammed, or don’t know they have been victimized.
But one of the biggest reasons seniors fall prey to fraudsters is that they are simply less likely to be aware of the latest scams making their way across the nation and around the state. The “Anti-Fraud Toolkit” was designed to provide senior citizens with the information they need to recognize and avoid scams.
Those who work with seniors every day – social workers, caretakers, staff at senior centers, and local and county divisions of aging – are encouraged to download and post this information on bulletin boards at senior centers, retirement homes, and social clubs. The “Anti-Fraud Toolkit” will also be supplemented by regular email fraud alerts to a voluntary network to keep New Jersey’s senior citizens abreast of the latest frauds and scams targeting them.
Please download these documents, post them on bulletin boards, and share them with others to help educate seniors on how to best prevent becoming a victim of fraud.