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MADEIRA, Ohio - Duayne Brower of Anderson is charged with stealing $600,000 from an elderly Madeira man. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said Brower befriended the victim, and lied when he told him he needed money for medical treatment.
Experts like Communications Director at the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio Laurie Petrie are warning families to be aware of scams like this.
"The most important prevention tool for prevention of financial exploitation is education," she said.
Part of Petrie's job is to educate seniors on scams affecting them.
"One of the most tragic things that happens is when someone basically steals from an older adult, say a son or a daughter, a supposed friend or someone else the person has come to trust," she said.
The Council on Aging is working with the Coalition to Stop Fraud Scams and Abuse. It was formed two years ago by Hamilton County Commissioner and former Assistant Prosecutor Greg Hartmann.
"The victim in this case will likely see this person who he thought to be his friend, his friend will go to prison and he won't get his money back," he said.
This is why it is so important to look for the warning signs before you give your information away.
"Whether it's a telemarketer, a charity, anyone who may be offering something to you and wanting your private information, your social security number, your credit card number," Petrie said. "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."
If you suspect elder abuse, neglect or exploitation going on, you can call your county's hotline:
- Butler County: (513) 887-4081
- Clermont County: (513) 732-7173
- Clinton County: (513) 382-7221
- Hamilton County: (513) 421-5433
- Warren County: (513) 695-1420
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