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.

Report


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 FTC cannot resolve individual complaints, but they can provide information about what next steps to take. How much information you give them is up to you. They will share your report with local, state, federal, and foreign law enforcement partners. Your report might be used to investigate cases or in a legal proceeding. Please read their Privacy Policy to learn how they protect your personal information, and when they share it outside the FTC. 

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.

The FAQs about reporting can be found here. Please read the FBI/IC3 privacy policy here.


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Recover


 

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. 



Elder Abuse Resource Roadmap – Financial

Financial Exploitation by Relative

What is Senior Financial Exploitation and when to report it. 

Report Senior Financial Exploitation

Warning Signs of Elder Abuse

Medicare Fraud

How to Report Medicare Fraud

How to Stop Medicare Fraud 

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

Reinforce


 

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.



10 Scams Targeting Bank Customers

Best Practices: Protect Seniors Online

Tech Savvy Seniors

Get off email lists 

Protecting Against Fraud: Resources for Older Adults

Protect Seniors Online

Tax Scams

Online Banking and Safety