Join the Community Foundation of Western Nevada for dinner and conversation, and share your ideas about how to prevent financial scams on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Nevada Discovery Museum. Learn more and register by clicking here.
Financial scams have become a prevalent crime towards others, and it does not discriminate. Unfortunately, there are many kinds of financial scams: strange calls asking for your Social Security Number; a romantic partner controlling your finances; caregivers exploiting the elderly; predatory loans; someone claiming you have been scammed and they need to verify your bank account number.
At the state level, financial abuse has become so rampant that Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske submitted a press release in November 2017 to alert Nevadans about the dangers elders face with appointed guardians. Here is data on elder abuse from fiscal year 2017 from the State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division:
- There were 1,305 cases of elder abuse in Washoe County that were recorded by the Aging and Disability Services Divisions. Additionally, five cases of abuse were recorded by law enforcement.
- The perpetrators of elder abuse were spouses/partners, children, relatives, friends/neighbors, service providers, strangers, and victims themselves (in which they caused self-harm or were unaware of the harm they were inflicting to themselves).
The positive news is, when our community comes together, good things happen.
The Community Foundation's Preventing Financial Scams Initiative was created to help both young and the elderly who have been taken advantage of in a financial scam. As a neutral convener, the Community Foundation is calling all individuals who care, to join us in discussing ideas about the issues of financial scams. Our hope is for our community to come together to incite a conversation on the issue of financial scams and be able to come up with tangible solutions that can also help educate our community.
If you or someone you know has experienced a financial scam, please spread the word and join us. Register by clicking here.