Vermont is encouraging citizens to be on the lookout for signs of financial abuse of senior citizens

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is encouraging citizens to be on the lookout for signs of financial abuse of senior citizens.

Michael Pieciak, commissioner of the Department of Financial Regulations, said Friday that senior citizens are common targets for financial scams and exploitation because they may be isolated from family and caregivers.

The department says their outreach team is available to speak to senior groups about how to recognize fraudulent activity and scams. They also offer training to financial services employees to learn how to identify and report suspected cases of financial abuse.

Suspected cases of senior citizen financial abuse can be reported department’s consumer services division or the Attorney General’s consumer assistance program.