Officials Warn Seniors of Medicare Scam

- FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. - World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15 and this year the Frederick County Department of Aging and the Sheriff's Office are working together to help fight back against those who target seniors. 

"I've receive some, yes generally I'll play around make a comment say "What do you want,'" said Jan Schmidt of Frederick County, Maryland.

Jan Scmidt is certainly not alone and says she’s an educator who continues to learn everyday; Wednesday it was at the Silver Ribbon series.

"Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15 this silver ribbon series is a partnership between the Frederick county sheriffs office and the department of aging It gives the seniors a chance to educated themselves about local scams in the community,” said Mia Brust, ombudsman for Frederick County Department of Aging.

One to two million reports of elder abuse are filed each year, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse and they say its estimated only one in 14 cases are reported.

One scam being addressed in Frederick County, Maryland involves Medicare.

Local leaders from the Department of Aging want you to know Medicare representatives will never contact you unsolicited. They also say it someone contacts you offering free stuff, they want it in exchange for something much more valuable, your information.

"Today's technologies, scams are on the rise and id folks information is compromised in any way, shape or form it could be potentially harmful, not only to their care, but to their money and finances. They can actually suffer financially as a result,” said Elly Jenkins of the Department of Aging.

Officials say to watch out for your neighbors as the elderly population continues to grow. One elderly person is victimized every 2.7 minutes, according to the Crime Survivors organization.

There are many ways to protect yourself and if you have a scam to report you can call the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office at (301) 600-1046 or contact The Department of Aging at (301)-600-1605.

You can show your support for ending elder abuse and neglect by wearing purple on the 9th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Sunday, June 15. 

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