Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

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April 22, 2010

Attorney General's Senior Crime Prevention University program wins award

HARRISBURG - The Attorney General's Senior Crime Prevention University program, a free scam and crime education program which is presented statewide by agents from the Attorney General's Office, has been named the Community Crime prevention Program of the Year.

TWC-Elder-Abuse 366x244Attorney General Tom Corbett said the award was presented by the Pennsylvania Crime Prevention Officers' Association (PCPOA), which annually selects one outstanding community-based crime prevention program that has enhanced crime prevention initiatives at the local or state level. The PCPOA is a state-wide organization dedicated to reducing crime through the cooperation and involvement of citizens, businesses and governmental agencies.

"Pennsylvania has one of the largest senior populations in the country, making them a major target for con artists, thieves and others looking to victimize our seniors," Corbett said. "The purpose of the Senior Crime Prevention University is to educate older Pennsylvanians and their families so they can recognize the warning signs and be one less scam victim.

Corbett noted that last year the Senior Crime Prevention University program hosted more than 200 events and was presented to nearly 8,600 older Pennsylvanians.

Corbett created the Attorney General's Elder Abuse Unit in 2006 to investigate and prosecute senior abuse.  A special section within the Unit educates the public about senior fraud using the Senior Crime Prevention University program, which was recently redesigned.

The new program contains an interactive educational DVD video that portrays common senior scams such as; account verification; charitable contributions; checks and money orders; estate planning, home improvements, and power of attorney.

Corbett said the goal of the program is to enlighten seniors and equip them with the knowledge and tools to keep them safe from the latest scams. Seniors learn how to be aware of common scams, how to avoid becoming a victim, and how to alert the proper authorities if they feel they have fallen victim.

Programs are available throughout Pennsylvania free of charge. To schedule a Senior Crime Prevention University presentation call 717-787-9716 or email senioruniversity@attorneygeneral.gov.

Anyone who believes that they or a loved one has been a victim of elder abuse should contact the Attorney General's Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-866-623-2137.

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