The Guilford County Family Justice Center held an event on Thursday, June 15, meant to keep senior citizens and others in the county from falling victim to various scams.

Throughout the month of June – which has been designated by the county commissioners as a month to address fraud against elders and other types of elder abuse – Guilford County’s Family Justice Center has been hosting various initiatives meant to, in their words, “amplify the importance of elder abuse awareness.”

More events of this kind are on the way.

To that end, and as part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the FJC’s Elder Justice Committee hosted “Friends Against Fraud” – a workshop meant to educate the community on ways to protect themselves and others from frauds and scams.

The workshop also focused on identifying red flags that senior citizens – or other people – may be involved in a scam.  It offered tips on how to avoid financial crimes, and provided resources for addressing those scams.

Heather Magill, the Elder Justice Specialist Coordinator for the Guilford County Family Justice Center, along with Greensboro Police Department Sgt. Dale Nix presented the training.

Well-Springs Solutions and Caregiver Connect were co-sponsors of the “Friends Against Fraud” event,  which was held on June 15 at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Greensboro.

There are other events planned in the coming weeks to raise awareness of elder abuse.

At-Large Guilford County Commissioner Kay Cashion said,  “All Guilford County residents 65 and older are vital members of our community.  We encourage everyone to join us in raising awareness about the realities of elder abuse and to also recognize and celebrate older adults and their ongoing contributions to Guilford County.”