DA ZAPPALA LAUNCHES “THE RED FLAGS OF FRAUD” VIDEO FOR ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY

PITTSBURGH — Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala, Jr. launched the “Red Flags of Fraud” video at the Bedford Envision Center on Thursday, June 13 at 10 a.m. in partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) for Elder Abuse Awareness Day. 

The “Red Flags of Fraud” video was written and produced by the District Attorney’s Office in collaboration with the HACP and features Senior Justice Advocates, Cyndie Carioli and Joe Giuffre, who inform viewers how to spot a potential scam and report fraud. Residents of the Housing Authority of Pittsburgh, William Bey, and Brenda Toley also share their personal experiences with scams. 

According to a study from the University of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County holds the second-largest population of people over 60. Due to its rising population of older adults, the area is heavily targeted by cyber criminals and scammers preying on their next victim. In 2016, DA Zappala established the Senior Justice Team to protect older adults and prevent fraud by providing them with education and resources. 

“Continuing awareness and education is the best way to combat the new scams that target and exploit our community daily,” said DA Zappala. “Furthering awareness helps prepare our most vulnerable citizens to fight back and protect themselves from fraud and abuse.” 

“The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh proudly provides housing and supportive services to thousands of Pittsburgh senior citizens and strives to ensure that they have the highest quality of life,” said Executive Director Caster D. Binion. “We’re thankful for the opportunity to work in unison with DA Zappala and his team to further awareness and better protect our most vulnerable residents from scams, fraud and abuse.”

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 The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office serves an area of approximately 740 square miles and a population of over 1.2 million people. It employs more than 200 employees, including more than 100 attorneys, detectives, crime scene analysts and support staff. The District Attorney’s Office serves as the Chief Law Enforcement Office of the county and accepts referrals from more than 100 active police departments including the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the Allegheny County Police Department and the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department. For more information, please visit alleghenycountyda.us. 

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