Attorney General: Scams That Target Elderly On The Rise

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DALLAS --- Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was in Luzerne County Monday to discuss the issue of elder abuse.

Kane met with members of the Elder Abuse Task Force at Misericorida University.

The task force is made up of 30 members from around the area and helps prevent abuse among senior citizens in Luzerne and Wyoming counties.

Kane says scams that target the elderly are on the rise.

"Our senior citizens are typically a little more trusting than anyone else and we want them to know that they need to trust their own instincts. That there's help out there for them. There are many, many resources and that this task force brings people together and it brings agencies and it brings help and it brings expertise and education together and that is vitally important to our seniors," said Kane.

Kane says elder abuse is a large problem in northeastern and central Pennsylvania due to the large senior citizen population.