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Elder Abuse

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Fraud and Financial Abuse

National Elder Fraud Hotline
Created by the Office for Victims of Crime, this free hotline – 833–FRAUD–11 – is for people to report fraud against anyone age 60 or older.

Publications & Multimedia

Attorney General's Annual Report to Congress on Department of Justice Activities to Combat Elder Fraud and Abuse
U.S. Department of Justice, October 2020

When Grandpa Gave Away the Farm: His Own Darn Fault, or a Case of Elder Abuse?
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, April 2020

Fighting Fraud: Senate Aging Committee Identifies Top 10 Scams Targeting Our Nation's Seniors
United States Senate Special Committee on Aging, March 2018

Scams & Identity Theft on Older Adults: Trends, Tips & Tools 
Federal Trade Commission, February 2018

Computers Learn To Detect Financial Abuse of the Elderly
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, October 2017

Exploring Elder Financial Exploitation Victimization: Identifying Unique Risk Profiles and Factors To Enhance Detection, Prevention and Intervention
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, March 2017

Identification of Risk and Protective Factors for Elder Financial Exploitation
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2017

Elder Abuse Resource Roadmap: Financial
Department of Justice, October 2016

Protecting Yourself & Medicare from Fraud
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, August 2016

The Elder Justice Roadmap: A Stakeholder Initiative to Respond to an Emerging Health, Justice, Financial and Social Crisis
Department of Justice- and Department of Health and Human Services-Sponsored, July 2014

Financial Exploitation of the Elderly in a Consumer Context
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, March 2014

Elder Justice: Federal Government Has Taken Some Steps but Could Do More to Combat Elder Financial Exploitation
U.S. Government Accountability Office, May 2013

Protect Your Pocketbook: Tips to Avoid Financial Exploitation
Administration on Aging, November 2012

Elder Justice: Stronger Federal Leadership Could Enhance National Response to Elder Abuse
U.S. Government Accountability Office, March 2011

Financial Abuse of Elderly People vs. Other Forms of Elder Abuse: Assessing Their Dynamics, Risk Factors, and Society's Response
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, August 2010

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Common Fraud Schemes
This section of the FBI website presents information about different types of scams, including scams that specifically target senior citizens, and how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): IdentityTheft.gov
This FTC website offers an array of tools for identity theft victims, including the means to quickly and easily file a complaint with the FTC and get a free, personalized recovery plan.

Help Fight Medicare Fraud
This section of the Medicare.gov website highlights information about Medicare fraud, how to detect fraudulent activities, and how to protect against fraud.

Identity Theft and Identity Fraud
This Department of Justice website focuses on the crimes of identity theft and identity fraud and what should be done to prevent becoming victimized by these offenses.

NCJRS: Fraud Awareness Special Feature
The NCJRS Fraud Awareness Special Feature contains links to publications and resources that focus on the prevention of and enforcement efforts aimed at stopping fraudulent activities.

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): Elder Abuse/Mistreatment
The Elder Abuse/Mistreatment section of the OVC website provides information and resources to help bring greater awareness to the crime of elder abuse and mistreatment.

Task Force on Market Integrity and Consumer Fraud
Established in 2018, this Task Force is part of a government-wide initiative to combat fraud against consumers – particularly the elderly, service members, and veterans – and corporate fraud that victimizes the general public and the government.

U.S. Department of Justice: Elder Justice Initiative
This site serves as a resource for victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation and their families; practitioners who serve them; law enforcement agencies and prosecutors; and researchers seeking to understand and address this silent epidemic plaguing our nation's elders.