Financial Scam & Fraud Elder Awareness Project
In furtherance of proactively empowering elder individuals to self-combat against potential targeting by financial scams and frauds, Stetson University College of Law, by and through the Center for Excellence in Elder Law, created and conducted the "Financial Scam & Fraud Elder Awareness Project."
The project was initiated in July of 2009 as a one-year pilot-project under United States Department of Health and Human Services' Administration on Aging Grant 90MA0004/01. The year-one pilot project originally served Florida's Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and Manatee counties. In July of 2010, the project received second-year continuation funding under United States Department of Health and Human Services' Administration on Aging Grant 90MA0036/01. As part of the year-two continuation funding, the project expanded to serve Florida's Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties. Additionally, the project increased and expanded the materials and services produced and provided.
The goal was to develop a project designed to inform and educate elder individuals about financial scams and frauds. The primary objective was to decrease the occurrence of and minimize the potential for financial scam and fraud victimization among elder individuals. The secondary objective was to develop a replicable project model that could be implemented throughout the State of Florida, as well as duplicated in other individual states nationwide.
In furtherance of the the primary objective, the project produced and provided various types of general and legal materials and services for the public and professionals about elder financial scam and fraud awareness and protection. The materials and services produced, provided, and/or participated in by the project included, but were not limited to: (1) in-person, exhibitor, television, radio, written article, webinar and podcast community education or professional development engagements; (2) educational/ informational brochures, pamphlets, consumer alerts, and PowerPoint presentations; (3) educational/informational videos and public service announcements; (4) elder consumer expos and law day events; (5) consumer assistance and guidance services; and (6) statutory research and compilation for the fifty U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and all recognized U.S. territories.
In furtherance of the project's secondary objective, the project developed and produced a replicable project model based upon determination of the most effective and efficient means of informing, educating, and ultimately influencing elder individuals about inherent dangers and risks associated with and resulting from financial scams and frauds. The project collected and compiled information about and examples of materials and services produced, provided, and participated in by the project. The ongoing compilation of information and examples throughout the duration of both the pilot-project period and continuation-project period allowed for the continued creation of a growing and expanding work-in-progress reference and resource guide. This compiled reference and resource guide now serves as a replication manual.
The Financial Scam & Fraud Elder Awareness Project at Stetson University College of Law's Center for Excellence in Elder Law is pleased to have produced and provided this replication manual. Through the combining and streamlining of this project's efforts with replicating and duplicating projects statewide and nationwide, our common purpose of informing and educating elders about elder financial scam and fraud awareness and protection will most certainly be enhanced and furthered. We hope that the content in this replication manual is found to be informative and useful.
This project was funded in part by the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Administration on Aging (Grant Award No. 90MA0004/01 and Grant Award No. 90MA0036/01). The contents of this project are the sole responsibility of the developers of this project and do not necessarily represent the official views of the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Administration on Aging.
The contents of this project are not offered as legal advice, a definitive statement of law, or a complete analysis of the area of reference. The applicability of law to a particular situation requires a more exhaustive examination of the specific facts and applicable law than is provided by this project.
The contents of this project are the sole and exclusive property of Stetson University College of Law. The contents of this project are protected under the laws of the United States and other countries. Unauthorized duplication, distribution, dissemination, or exhibition of the contents of this project is strictly prohibited and may result in civil liability and criminal prosecution. © 2011 Stetson University College of Law. All Rights Reserved.
The Financial Scam & Fraud Elder Awareness Project was funded in part by the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Administration on Aging (Grant Award No. 90MA0004/01 and Grant Award No. 90MA0036/01).
Now that the project period has concluded, please feel free to contact the Elder Consumer Protection Program at Stetson University College of Law’s Center for Excellence in Elder Law for information regarding project materials and services.