Elder financial abuse is a multibillion-dollar problem
Elder Rights Radio Interview with Scott Greenberg
Jameel Edney with the Area Agency on Aging's Elder Rights Center talks about elder fraud, abuse and exploitation in his interview with Scott Greenberg on Scott's radio show Oh, My God, I'm Getting Older and So Is My Mom.
Reporting and Filing Complaints about Fraud, Identity Theft, and other Crimes
To report fraud or identity theft, contact one of the following agencies or call the Elder Rights Center at (561) 684-5885 for help.
After the Crime - What should I do now?
If you think a criminal may still be nearby, CALL 911 immediately. If someone is hurt, seek medical attention. Do not approach the scene of the crime until you know it is safe. Contact the police right away to report any suspected crime. If the crime is a burglary or theft, do not touch anything until police have had a chance to inspect the area.
Making a Safety Plan
You are the expert on your own situation. This guide is designed to help you plan ahead to stay safe in dangerous situations. It is important to think about your options and focus on what you know and what you need.
Preventing Elder Abuse: Ideas for Older Adults and People of All Ages
Scam Alert: New FPL/Utilities Scam
Recently, our office has received reports of a sophisticated new twist on an old utility provider scam. Nowadays, most of us know not to answer calls from an unknown number. If we do answer, we know to hang up if we hear something that does not sound quite right. However, this new twist may trick even the savviest consumers, so it is important to be aware and prepared!
Checks from the Government
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released an article warning about scams designed to trick people who are expecting a coronavirus check from the government. Protect yourself by being aware!
Scam-Fighting Superheroes of the Month: iTHINK Financial
With fraud losses by older adults growing every year, it is crucial for financial institution staff and other professionals to know how to recognize and respond to fraud and elder financial exploitation. Recently, iTHINK Financial staff members Marissa Campbell, Susan Fitton, Mark Pereira, and Ping Zhao all worked together to intervene in a situation where an older credit union member was being scammed.
Reduce Your Risk of Tax Identity Theft
It is officially tax season, and that can also mean scam season. The article below outlines some tips and information you can use to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of tax identity theft.
Inspector General Warns Public About New Twist to Social Security Phone Scams
The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning the public that telephone scammers may send faked documents by email to convince victims to comply with their demands. The Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has received reports of victims who received emails with attached letters and reports that appeared to be from Social Security or Social Security OIG. The letters may use official letterhead and government “jargon” to convince victims they are legitimate; they may also contain misspellings and grammar mistakes.