NAELA Empowers Consumers Against Scams

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Federal Trade Commission Emphasizes Life Experience in New Campaign to Help Older Adults Help Each Other Fight Fraud

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People 65 and older have a broad base of life experiences that provides the ability to recognize and avoid scams in most situations...

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) is promoting a new education campaign designed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enlist people over 65 in the effort to recognize and report frauds and scams.

The FTC says that fraudsters generally target consumers of all ages — but they know that older people are likely to have bigger nest eggs, which makes them attractive. And, the consumer protection agency says, when older people lose money to a scam — regardless of whether it involves charity fraud, prizes and lotteries, imposters, or identity theft — it’s usually more difficult for them to recoup their losses, making the consequences even more devastating.

“People 65 and older have a broad base of life experiences that provides the ability to recognize and avoid scams in most situations,” said NAELA President Bradley J. Frigon, CELA, CAP. “They also have a social network with which to share the life lessons they’ve learned. This campaign seeks to tap into their life experiences and their trusted place in the community. NAELA member attorneys can advise individuals on how to avoid the pitfalls and provide legal advice for victims of elder financial exploitation.”

Pass It On reinforces what older people already know about some of today’s most common scams, and it gives them a short and straightforward way to share that knowledge with their family members, friends, and communities. It focuses on their ability to be part of the solution instead of implying they’re part of the problem when it comes to scams.

To locate an Elder Law attorney in your area, visit the NAELA website.

Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of NAELA is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

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