Webinar aims to educate the community on elder financial abuse and crime prevention

SAN DIEGO, Calif., (July 8, 2024) -- San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®), one of California’s largest credit unions, will host “District Attorney Tips on How to Avoid Becoming the Next Victim of Elder Financial Abuse,” on Wednesday, July 17 at 12 p.m. This complimentary educational webinar will be presented by San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Scott Pirrello.

Elder financial abuse is more prevalent than ever. Fraudsters continue to employ a number of tactics to take advantage of victims, particularly older adults and those who are more vulnerable. Adults over the age of 65 are the fastest-growing population affected by elder abuse in the United States, and learning the warning signs of elder financial abuse is key in preventing it. During the webinar, Pirrello will cover common scams, what to watch for and strategies to protect yourself or your loved ones from becoming a victim. To register, visit sdccu.com/fww.

“Elder financial abuse is on the rise, and as a trusted financial institution, we are pleased to do our part to help keep members of our community safe by facilitating this presentation,” said Teresa Campbell, SDCCU president and CEO. “SDCCU is committed to providing complimentary resources and tools to help you educate yourself and your loved ones and help safeguard you from scams”

Pirrello is the head of elder abuse prosecution for the San Diego District Attorney’s Office and has been a prosecutor for 18 years. Since 2009, Pirrello has been assigned to the Family Protection Division prosecuting a variety of family violence cases including elder abuse, domestic violence and child abuse cases. Pirrello now focuses exclusively on prosecuting all varieties of elder abuse including physical, financial, sexual and neglect cases and the vulnerable victims that accompany these cases. Pirrello has more than 40 jury trials to his credit, including cases involving murder, sexual assault, domestic violence, elder abuse and others. Pirrello is an expert in elder abuse prevention enforcement, prosecution and the multi-disciplinary team approach to elder abuse prevention.

The webinar is part of Financial Wellness Wednesdays, an ongoing program hosted by SDCCU to provide the community with access to free financial wellness information. For a complete list of upcoming Financial Wellness Wednesdays presentations, visit sdccu.com/fww.

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