REDDING, Calif. - June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month as several city leaders each planted a purple flag in front of Redding City Hall.
More than 2,200 of those flags represent a report of elder abuse in Shasta County during 2020.
In 2020, the Shasta County Adult Protective Services received close to 600 reports of financial exploitation, more than 500 reports of psychological and physical abuse and more than 100 reports of neglect.
The Redding Police Department said financial abuse is one of the more common forms of elder abuse they see. It ranges from people ripping off their relatives to phone scammers.
“Someone will get access to someone's bank accounts and start withdrawing funds,” said Chief Bill Schueller with the Redding Police Department. “The other thing is through the cyber stuff and those phone calls that we get.”
Thomas Bustos looks after his parents and says his parents almost fell victim to those scams.
“My parents always seem to get caught in those on the first end,” said Bustos. “They'll gobble it up at first but usually they'll come and ask me anything that has to do with the internet or with people they don't know. So, I'm able to catch it before for they fall for anything.”
The Redding Police Department said people should check in on their elderly relatives or neighbors, especially if there is any unusual activity on their bank accounts.