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Elder Financial Abuse

Tips for Older Adults

Tips for Caregivers

Tips for Professionals Who Work with Older Adults

You can help stop elder abuse.
Silence isn't golden.

If you suspect elder abuse call:
1-800-490-8505

Tips for Avoiding Identity Theft and Financial Abuse

Here are a few ways you can safeguard yourself from falling victim to identity theft and financial abuse. If you suspect that you have been victimized, call the Elder Abuse hotline immediately.

Check your credit reports regularly
Order a copy of your credit report every year - annualcreditreport.com or 877-322-8228.

Opt out of credit marketing lists
1-888-5OPT OUT (1-888-567-8688) - Your social security number will be required.

Keep your mail safe
Use a locked mailbox to send and receive mail.

Shred trash with identifying information
Use a cross cut shredder.

Keep your social security number confidential
Don't carry your Social Security Card.

Be aware of impostors, frauds and scams
Don't give out personal information. This applies to the phone, mail or over the internet. Ask questions!

Lock it up
Keep your personal information locked up at home.

Use safety on the Internet!

"The Crime of the 21st Century"

Financial abuse or exploitation has become so widespread that nearly one in nine seniors have reported some kind of financial abuse, and one in 20 seniors have reported perceived financial mistreatment. The National Adult Protective Services Association, calling the Financial Elder Abuse "The Crime of the 21st Century," adds that while the abuse can take many forms, from charity scams to outright identity theft, nearly 90 percent of abusers are family members and trusted others.

The best recourse against financial abuse is taking steps to prevent it in the first place. Create a strong support system; have multiple family conversations, over time, about the status of not just physical, mental and emotional fitness, but financial fitness too; and always have checks in place to check those who should be checking on you.