Elder Fraud Education and Reporting Resources

Credit CardsElder fraud is a growing problem, and scams targeting seniors are prevalent and costly. The FBI estimates that the millions of older Americans who fall victim to some type of financial fraud each year lose more than $3 billion to fraudsters. 

Seniors are often targeted because they tend to be trusting and polite and are likely to have financial savings, own a home, and have good credit – making them very attractive to scammers. Additionally, seniors may be less inclined to report fraud because they don’t know how, or they may be embarrassed by having been scammed, or concerned that their relatives will lose confidence in their abilities to manage their own financial affairs.

Seniors, as well as those who have a hand in caring for an older loved one, should be informed on how to spot, handle and report elder fraud schemes.

Below are some resources for elder fraud education. We share similar resources with Caregivers so they know how to spot potential signs of fraud when caring for their clients. 

Educational Resources 

How to Report Elder Fraud 

If you believe you or someone you know may have been a victim of elder fraud, there is help and support available: 

  • Get free help from the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Elder Fraud Hotline by calling 833-FRAUD-11 (833-372-8311), Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET. You will be connected to a case manager that will walk with you through the reporting process. 
  • Contact your local FBI field office or submit a tip online. You can also file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. 
  • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asks all citizens to report anything you think may be a fraud, scam, or bad business practice at reportfraud.ftc.gov. If you or a loved one has been a victim of identity theft, report it to the FTC at IdentityTheft.gov. 

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As a Client Services Manager, Natalie always goes above and beyond to make a personal connection with clients, ensuring not only that she’s addressing all of their needs, but also that she’s serving as a consistent, supportive, and accommodating presence for them and their families. She is always on the lookout for new educational opportunities to deepen her expertise in the field and continuously bring new and valuable resources to clients. 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Natalie has been an exemplary team player, offering her time as a back up to Family & Nursing Care partner home care agencies to ensure that clients were well cared for – a level of dedication that led one client’s daughter to call Natalie “a terrific representative of a business that is so important to our lives during this time.” She also frequently offers to assist the Family & Nursing Care nights and weekends Client Services Management team. 

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