State officials have unveiled what they are calling the second phase of a project to stop exploitation of elderly and disabled Missourians. MOSAFE – Missourians Stopping Adult Financial Exploitation – is offering a DVD to help seniors and those who take care of seniors spot the financial rip-off warning signs.
The DVD features "Everybody Loves Raymond" star Doris Roberts. Health officials and Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder – Missouri’s advocate for the elderly – say too many people are being financially exploited. State Health Director Jane Drummond says more often than not the exploiters already have a relationship with the victims – perhaps children or friends – as they are trusted by the victim.
The first video debuted in 2005 and provided training to financial institutions to help them recognize and report suspicious behavior by their customers and help prevent or intervene in cases of financial abuse.