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Dauphin Co. officials warn of elder abuse signs

Updated: Tuesday, September 10 2013, 06:46 PM CDT
HARRISBURG -- On Tuesday, Dauphin County officials announced that charges for two people will be filed after they allegedly scammed elderly people out of their money.

The charges came after investigation by the County's Elder Abuse Task Force, which is headed by County Commissioner George Hartwick.

At the conference, officials issued a list of tips to protect yourself or loved ones from scams.

-Officials say don't buy from an unfamiliar company
-Always ask for and wait until you receive written material about any offer or charity.
-Always check out unfamiliar companies with your local consumer protection agency, Better Business Bureau, or other watchdog groups.
-Obtain a salesperson's name, business identity, telephone number, street address, mailing address and business license number before you transact business.
-Don't pay in advance for services
-Be wary of companies that want to send a messenger to your home to pick up money, claiming it's part of their service to you.
-Don't pay for a "free prize"
-Talk about big investments offered by salespeople with a trusted friend, family member or financial adviser
-Never respond to an offer you don't understand thoroughly
-Never send money or give out personal information (ex: credit card numbers, bank account numbers, dates of birth, or social security numbers)
-If you have information about a fraud, report it to state, local or federal law enforcement.
-Financial abuse isn't the only kind of elder abuse. Officials also urge you to watch for emotional, sexual or physical abuse.

To report suspected abuse in Dauphin County, please call the County's toll free number at 1-800-723-3111. The number is a 24-hour hotline.

Dauphin Co. officials warn of elder abuse signs


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