Senior Financial Exploitation
Financial exploitation can occur to you as a senior citizen when a trusted person (caregiver, advisor, family member) misuses or takes your assets (money, real estate, insurance benefits, wills, retirement, contracts, business dealings) for their own personal gain. Assets are commonly taken via forms of deception, false pretenses, coercion, harassment, duress and threats. Common forms of exploitation can be lottery scams, phishing emails, ponzi-type schemes, real estate, investment, mortgage, and insurance fraud.
The more national reporting data that’s collected, the better the chance law enforcement has to catch the criminals and decrease online crime. Reporting a fraudulent incident will also assure that you have accurate documentation in order to aid in your recovery. Please consider reporting your incident or chat with an online support specialist at the FTC Complaint Assistant. The FTC will create a report number and a copy of the report for your records.
The more national reporting data that’s collected, the better the chance law enforcement has to catch the criminals and decrease online crime. Reporting a fraudulent incident will also assure that you have accurate documentation in order to aid in your recovery. Please consider reporting your incident to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
Once processed, complaints filed via their website may be referred to federal, state, local, or international law enforcement or regulatory agencies for possible investigation. Any investigation opened on any complaint is initiated at the discretion of the law enforcement and/or regulatory agency receiving the complaint information. Reporting the incident at IC3 will not result in a call back for assistance.
Report abuse on these platforms
The following resources have been gathered and vetted in order to better serve you. These resources have been chosen to help simplify the process of recovery after a cyber incident has taken place. With these resources you may need to contact organizations outside Fraudsupport.org. Results will vary depending on your circumstances.
Call 1-855-303-9470 or fill out complaint form with the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging Fraud Hotline
Call or chat with a victim advocate at Victimconnect.org
Contact state and local resources for support
Once the proper organizations have been notified and you are on the road to recovery, it is time to reinforce your cybersecurity. Let’s take action and strengthen your cybersecurity with the following resources and tools.