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NASAA’s 2018 Enforcement Report, published October 10, shows that seniors remain a primary target for fraud. NASAA jurisdictions reported bringing enforcement actions involving over 1,100 senior victims in 2017.

States that have adopted financial exploitation statutes received more than 500 reports of senior financial abuse. For example, the Texas State Securities Board has received more than 100 reports of financial exploitation pursuant to its version of the NASAA Model Act. Texas responded by opening 24 investigations. Christopher Gerold, Bureau Chief for the New Jersey Bureau of Securities and NASAA’s Enforcement Section Chair, authored the report which is based on data from 2017. The numbers quoted in the report are certain to rise year to year as a result of the burgeoning population of investors aged 65 and older.

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