FinCEN: Elder Abuse - Red Flags


On February 22, 2011, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued an advisory to assist the financial industry in reporting instances of financial exploitation of the elderly, a form of elder abuse.

Financial institutions can alert appropriate authorities to suspected elder financial exploitation. We have previously provided notification about the increase in elder abuse in financial transactions. And FinCEN has notified the public about this upward trend, using SARs as an important method to identify this form of financial exploitation.

There are important RED FLAGS relating to financial exploitation of the elderly, and we provide a list below and suggest appropriate action to implement them.

FinCEN's Advisory states:

• In the instances where elderly individuals experience declining cognitive or physical abilities, they may find themselves more reliant on specific individuals for their physical well-being, financial management, and social interaction.

•Although anyone can be a victim of a financial crime such as identity theft, embezzlement, and fraudulent schemes, certain elderly individuals may be particularly vulnerable.

This article provides the RED FLAGS list, suggests appropriate actions to implement them, and supporting resources.

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