North Texas Forum on Elder Abuse Will Clue in Seniors on Avoiding Fraud and Abuse

September 05, 2013

Seniors and those caring for them can get important information about guarding against elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation at the North Texas Forum on Elder Abuse, presented by the Dallas Area Agency on Aging. The free event is open to the public, on Friday, June 14, 2013, from 8:30 to 11:00 AM, at Irving Heritage Senior Center, 200 S. Jefferson Street, Irving, TX.

As part of a panel on protecting against financial exploitation of elders, Jeannette Kopko of Better Business Bureau in Dallas will discuss “Scams Aimed at Seniors”. Dallas BBB will also be on hand with information about recognizing and avoiding scams.

“Scammers know how to target seniors and prey on their fears and desire to remain independent,” said Jeannette Kopko, spokesperson for BBB serving Dallas and Northeast Texas. “Seniors and those close to them can guard against scams by knowing how scams work and what to do to avoid being taken.” 

One resource is
 BBB Scam Stopper, an online resource to learn about scams and report scams, at

Check out businesses, get tips and alerts, and file complaints at For the free BBB iPhone app, see

The North Texas Forum on Elder Abuse is a collaboration of community partners including Dallas Area Agency on Aging, Community Council of Greater Dallas, and City of Irving, with federal partners from Administration for Community Living/Department of Health and Human Services, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Department of Justice.

North Texas Forum on Elder Abuse

Friday, June 14, 2013

8:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Irving Heritage Senior Center

200 S. Jefferson Street

Irving, TX 75060

8:30 AM -- Opening remarks from Honorable Sarah Saldana, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and Chief Larry Boyd, Irving Police Department

9:00 AM -- Panel on Prevention of Financial Exploitation, with Leslie McClain, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, David Woodcock, SEC Fort Worth Regional Office, Barbara McGinity, Texas Senior Medicare Patrol, and David Jarvis, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Texas.

10:00 AM – Panel on Prevention & Protection Against Elder Abuse, with Officer Carrie Lindemuth, Irving Police Department, Jeannette Kopko, BBB serving Dallas and Northeast Texas, Camille Payne, Adult Protective Services of Texas, and Amy Croft, Assistant DA, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.

10:45 AM – Closing remarks by Julia Lothrop, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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