A Panel Discussion on Seniors & Scams – Plus Valuable Resources on Conscious Caregiving with L & L

This episode highlights a variety of ways to prevent and deal with scams. This expert panel gives us great insights, a lot of helpful resources, and links to assist people of all ages; so make sure to check out the resources at the end of this blog post.

Our Panelists

Grace Whiting, J.D., is a national expert in health policy and long-term care and a passionate advocate for family caregivers. In previous roles, she has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the National Alliance for Caregiving. 

Contact Grace Whiting

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/cgracewhiting/

Detective Ryan Weber has been a police officer for the Roseville Police Department for 10 years.  Detective Weber is currently assigned as a Fraud Detective where he has investigated various fraud, forgery, identity theft, and scams for the past three years.  Detective Weber also has experience as a Use of Force instructor, SWAT operator, street crimes investigator, and patrol officer.

Contact Detective Ryan Weber

Roseville Minnesota Police Department 

2660 Civic Center Dr., Roseville, MN 55113

Email            Phone  651-792-7231

Jay Haapala is Associate State Director of Community Engagement with AARP Minnesota and leads their Fraud Watch Network program which serves to educate consumers about fraud, scams, and identity theft. He and AARP Fraud Fighter volunteers have met with hundreds of community groups, law enforcement officials, and fraud investigators, continually learning how people are being targeted by these criminals. He has worked and served in the nonprofit sector for 20 years building volunteer programs, and now is doing the same to build a network of Fraud Fighters with AARP.

Contact Jay Haapala

Fraud Watch Helpline 877-908-3360

Website  www.aarp.org/mn


Phone  651-726-5654

Ken Whalen‘s mother, Linda Whelan, was the victim of scammers. She is proof scammers don’t care who you are or how kind you’ve been. Ken will share with us how scammers affected not only his mom but his family. In his professional life before becoming a Real Estate Agent and joining The Agency, Ken worked in the Sports Business for organizations including the Los Angeles Lakers, IMG, and TEN: The Enthusiast Network. Ken was part of 3 NBA Championships and 2 WNBA Championships with the Lakers organization and throughout his career has worked with some of the world’s top professional athletes and executives across the industry including NBA, MLB, and Olympic & Action Sports. #beunstoppable

Contact Ken Whelan

Website LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/kenwhelan 

Instagram @Ken_Whelan_Real_Estate

Jeffry Borglum went to Hawkeye Technical College in Waterloo, IA where he received an AAS degree. After college, he worked for Sperry Univac / Unisys mainframe computers as a system test engineer for 10 years. He then went to a small networking startup company in 1991. In 2017 they were purchased by a large corporation called Broadcom in Singapore which closed the Minnesota offices. At the closure of Brocade Jeff held the title of Director of North America Premier Accounts, and was responsible for accounts such as Wells Fargo, Fidelity Investments, Mastercard, US Bank, Bank of America, Google…. In 2018 Jeff started Techie Dudes to serve the community and small businesses with IT Service and Support. 

Contact Jeffry Borglum

Website  www.techiedudes.com

John Sweeney is an active and savvy 94-year-old retired John Deere dealer.  He was married for 71 years and lost his wife Virginia to dementia.  John is very social and is known for his technology skills and his tenacity to correct injustice by leveraging his business acumen.  John will cover the most recent scam he has dealt with with his friend Irene R. Molitor who was scammed via a purchase she made. John has also fought with a Long-term insurance company in court to collect policy benefits for his wife, and a senior community who overcharged him for medication services.


Phone   612-810-2161 text or call

Contact Conscious Caregiving with L & L     

Website https://consciouscaregivingll.com/


Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI

  • Scams and Safety


  • Elder Fraud Report 2022
  • Internet Crime Complaint Center


Older Adult Financial Exploitation


  • FBI Warns doDon’te A Money Mule


FBI Podcasts

  • Romance Scams


  • For the Love of Money


  • Hanging up on Tech Support Scammers


  • Holiday Scams


  • Health Care Fraud


Please Report Scams If You Spot One to the Federal Trade Commission

Website  https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/     877-382-4357 or TTY 1-866-653-4261


Sign up for Consumer Alerts https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USFTCCONSUMER/subscriber/new

Pass it on – Downloadables & Videos https://consumer.ftc.gov/features/pass-it-on

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – How to Prevent and Report Scams Targeting Older Adults

National Elder Fraud Hotline, Office for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice


National Council on Aging, 22 Tips for Seniors to Avoid Scams


AARP’s Scams and Fraud Information, Resources, and Hotline


AARP Minnesota


Carefull – Asset Monitoring






Michigan Study on Senior Scams and Loneliness

Fraud Guard and to report fraud in Wayne County     313-224-5869


State of Michigan’s website to Report Fraud      517-335-9953


Full Study Here 

https://mrdrc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/contextual-and-social-predictors-of-scam-susceptibility-and-        fraud-victimization/

Anatomy of a Scam

How to Spot Fraud and Report It


Abuse Prevention, Reporting and Recovery Guide


Some Articles on Scams

  1. https://www.cbsnews.com/detroit/news/wayne-county-sheriffs-office-warns-of-scams-threatening-arrests/
  2. https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/phone-scams-impersonating-wayne-county-sheriffs-office-have-stolen-thousands-from-victims
  3. https://www.freep.com/story/money/personal-finance/susan-tompor/2021/12/16/wayne-county-sheriffs-department-jury-duty-scam-venmo/8921999002/
  4. https://www.sheriffconnect.com/uncategorized/wcso-issues-phone-scam-warning-to-residents/

Proof Scammers Don’t Care Who You Are Or How Kind You’ve Been – Linda Kay Monroe Whelan


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