Senior Fraud Information
Seniors are often the target of fraud. However, with some basic understanding of how scam artists work, you can avoid fraud and protect your hard-earned money.
If you suspect you’ve been the victim of a scam… Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to talk about it with someone you trust. You are not alone, and there are people who can help. Doing nothing could only make it worse. Keep handy the phone numbers and resources you can turn to, including the local police, your bank (if money has been taken from your accounts), and Adult Protective Services.
To obtain the contact information for Adult Protective Services in your area, call the Eldercare Locator, a government sponsored national resource line, at: 1-800-677-1116, or visit their website at: www.eldercare.gov.
Senior Medicare Patrols empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education.
Annuity.org has information related to annuity and insurance scams that often target seniors. For more information regarding annuities for senior citizens click here.
The National Council on Aging reports the Top 10 scams targeting seniors and provides information so you can identify a potential scam.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation lists common fraud schemes that target seniors and provide information about these schemes so that you don't become the next victim.
The U.S. Office of Investor Education & Advocacy has prepared a guide for seniors to help protect themselves against investment fraud.