It’s known as the crime of the 21st Century. Fraud against older adults is not only alarmingly common, but on the rise. “Scam artists prey on seniors for several reasons,” said Margaret Gergen, director of leasing for The Merion, a luxury senior rental community located in the heart of downtown Evanston. “The current generation of seniors is trusting. They inherently believe in the honesty of others. They’re also a generation that historically has worked hard, scrimped and saved, and so are more likely to have accumulated some wealth.”
“Furthermore, seniors who live alone often feel lonely, isolated, and grateful for someone to talk to. Even if that person is disreputable,” Gergen added. “All of these characteristics make seniors prime targets for scam artists.”
As avid advocates and committed resources for older adults, the management of The Merion is concerned about the growing trend of fraud against seniors. In response, they will host Scams and Shams on March 3. The program will feature Audrey Thompson, Long-Term Care Ombudsman for the City of Evanston. She will offer advice for guarding against identity theft, protecting hard-earned assets, and finding resources for managing money.
“We welcome seniors from the community to this event,” said Gergen. RSVP is required. Scams and Shams will include the presentation at 1 p.m., followed by light refreshments and tours of The Merion. For further information, or to attend Scams and Shams, call 847-864-6400.