December 7, 2020   
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NAELA Empowers Consumers Against Scams
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Emphasizes Life Experience in New Campaign to Help Older Adults Help Each Other Fight Fraud

Washington, DC — The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) is promoting an 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 prizes and lotteries, imposters, or identity theft – it’s usually more difficult for them to recoup their losses, making the consequences even more devastating.

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.

NAELA members are dedicated to protecting and advocating for older adults and people with disabilities and many are well-versed in handling cases of elder financial abuse. Learn more about NAELA members and read Questions and Answers When Looking for an Elder and Special Needs Law Attorney.

Find an elder and special needs law attorney in your area using NAELA’s Member Directory.

About NAELA
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. Upon joining, NAELA member attorneys agree to adhere to the NAELA Aspirational Standards. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is to educate, inspire, serve, and provide community to attorneys with practices in elder and special needs law. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NAELA.org, or to locate a NAELA member attorney in your area, visit NAELA.org/findlawyer.

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