Delaware DAG Joins Delaware Credit Unions to Promote CU Senior Safeguard -  Elder Financial Abuse Subject of Radio Interview

Regina ‘Gina’ Schoenberg, Deputy Attorney General, Consumer Protection Unit, Fraud Division and Chair of the Senior Protection Initiative for the State of Delaware, Department of Justice, and Tyler Kuhn, Marketing Manager, Dover Federal Credit Union, appeared on the Dan Gaffney Show, Delaware 105.9 FM, to discuss elder financial abuse in Delaware.

 

Regina ‘Gina’ Schoenberg, Deputy Attorney General, Consumer Protection Unit, Fraud Division and Chair of the Senior Protection Initiative for the State of Delaware, Department of Justice, joined Tyler Kuhn, Marketing  Manager, Dover Federal Credit Union, and Carole Langiu, Director of Communications & Governmental Affairs, CCUA, to discuss the problem of elder financial abuse in Delaware with Dan Gaffney, host of Delaware 105.9FM – NewsTalk Radio.

During the interview, Langiu noted the commitment of credit unions in Delaware to protect elders from scams and abuses, while also thanking them for having their frontline staff become certified in recognizing and responding to cases of elder financial abuse through the CU Senior Safeguard program.

Kuhn explained various scenarios that have been recognized and thwarted by Dover Federal’s team members. Kuhn noted that the “friend or family imposter” scam, in which the fraudster claims to be in jail and asks for bail money, has resurfaced lately. During the interview, a listener called in to say that he had received a letter that claimed his taxes had not been paid and asking for payment. Recognizing the scam immediately, Schoenberg reminded the audience that the IRS “does not accept iTunes gift cards’ as payment!

Schoenberg also applauded the efforts of Delaware credit unions to educate consumers on various types of resources available to them, not only for preventing elder financial fraud but also to report possible cases of financial abuse. She informed listeners that if they suspected a senior citizen to be a victim of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation, they should call Delaware’s Adult Protective Services at 1-800-223-9074 as well as their local police agency.  

The trio appeared on the Dan Gaffney Show as part of the CCUA's Better Values - Better Banking consumer awareness campaign to promote the value CU Senior Safeguard brings to the fight against elder financial abuse. Langiu noted that early next year the CCUA will host Lunch & Learn events at senior centers in Delaware. 

Listen to the interview

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