Red Flags for Elder Abuse

Red Flags for Elder Abuse

How Are Elders Abused and Why Should You Care as a Bank or Credit Union?

Recent studies suggest that financial exploitation is the most common form of elder abuse that only a small fraction of incidents are reported. Elder abuse includes the illegal or improper use of an older adult’s funds, property or assets. Credit unions and Banks play a key role in preventing and detecting this form of financial exploitation. Financial institutions often spot the red flags for abuse sooner than anyone else. Stay alert and you might make a big difference in someone’s life.

Signs of Elder Abuse

  • Frequent large withdrawals
  • Sudden non-sufficient fund activity
  • Uncharacteristic nonpayment for services
  • Uncharacteristic attempts to wire large sums of money
  • The closing of CDs or accounts with no regard to penalties
  • Caregiver or other individuals shows excessive interest in the older adult’s finances
  • The financial institution is unable to speak directly with the older adult, despite repeated attempts to contact him or her.
  • A new caregiver, relative or friend suddenly begins conducting financial transactions on behalf of the older adult without proper documentation
  • The older adult’s financial management changes suddenly, such as through a change of power of attorney to a different family member or new individual
  • The older adult lacks knowledge about his or her financial status or shows a sudden reluctance to discuss financial matters.

These tips on Elder Abuse were first published in Bankers eCampus Compliance News.

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