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Living Your Best Life Speaker Series: Senior Fraud Schemes - How to Avoid Them


Tue 05 / 31 / 2022
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM


St. James Community Center, 4136 Southport - Supply Road, Room A, Southport, NC 28461

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Open to all

Limited Capacity: 299 spots available


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Session Description:  Scammers cheat seniors out of approximately $2.9 billion annually, according to the Senate Special Committee on Aging. No one is exempt from being a potential target of a fraud, and many con artists prey upon seniors who are well-educated and have above-average incomes. They use sophisticated, convincing sales pitches that sound legitimate, making it easy for anyone to become a target. U.S. Secret Service Senior Special Agent, Stanley Crowder, will share with you what you need to know and how you can protect yourself and your family and Holly Pilson of the Area Agency on Aging (Cape Fear Council of Governments) will share how to avoid getting caught up in Medicare Fraud.


  • Stanley W. Crowder, Senior Special Agent, United States Secret Service
  • Holly Henderson Pilson, Director - Area Agency on Aging, Cape Fear Council of Governments

Senior Special Agent Stanley Crowder began his law enforcement career as a Deputy Sheriff in 1986 with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office in Wilmington, NC, and served in various capacities to include patrol, custody, detectives and the Emergency Response Tactical Team.  SSA Crowder is a state certified firearms instructor and a certified hostage/crisis negotiator.

In 2000, SSA Crowder was trained as a Special Agent in the U.S. Secret Service.  He  was assigned to the Miami Field Office where he served for approximately four years in various criminal squads. In 2002, SSA Crowder became a member of the Electronic Crimes Special Agent Program (ECSAP) and is a founding member of the Miami Electronic Crimes Task Force (MECTF).

SSA Crowder received specialized training pertaining to the forensic analysis of electronic storage media. He conducts computer forensic examinations on electronic media suspected of being utilized in the commission of various crimes. 

Additionally, he conducts presentations to various law enforcement, civic, andcommunity groups on the latest trends and tactics criminals are utilizing to defraud citizens, especially senior citizens, in an attempt to educate citizens on how to avoid becoming a victim. 

Holly Henderson Pilson has always had a love for older adults; receiving a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Gerontology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She interned with the New Hanover County Department of Aging in college and became the manager of the Home Community Care Block Grant In-Home Aide Program with a local home care agency after graduation. Holly has been employed by the Cape Fear Area Agency on Aging for 22 years, starting as the Aging Program Developer then transitioning into the Caregiver Resource Specialist in 2001 after Congress passed and funded the National Family Caregiver Support Program under the Older American’s Act. She enjoyed helping caregivers navigate the aging support system, facilitating support groups, managing caregiver grants and providing caregiver education in that role. In December, 2020, she was promoted to the position of Director of the Area Agency on Aging.

The program will run from 3:00pm to 5:00 pm with a question and answer session included. Please plan to arrive for the program a few minutes early such that the program can begin on time.

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