Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Caitlin Stinneford

Second Advisor

William Shelby


The senior population has been a target for fraudulent crimes. The determined contributing factors for the senior population being susceptible to fraud is being gullible, lacking knowledge of strategies to prevent fraud, and having cognitive decline due to aging. Fraudulent crimes can have major consequences such as, monetary cost, negative effects on health and unreported cases. Fraudulent crimes against seniors is a growing issue and must be addressed. In order to address this issue within the community a capstone project was developed and implemented in collaboration with the Monterey County District Attorney's Office of Consumerism and Environmental Protection Division. This project focused on serving the Spanish speaking senior population in the Salinas city area of Monterey County. The objective of the project was to offer education and strategies on how to prevent fraud for seniors. Participants learned about various types of fraud, how to detect possible fraud, how to protect themselves from fraud, and identity helpful resources in the community. Results from the evaluation of the project suggest the project presentation was effective and useful for educating and promoting self empowerment for seniors to be able to protect themselves from being victims by using strategies to ultimately prevent fraud.