Senior Scams, Fraud, and Abuse

Banner SeniorsIn Pennsylvania, and across the United States, there are more and more reports of elder abuse incidents. Elder abuse is any knowing, intentional, or negligent act that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to an older adult. While definitions may vary, elder abuse may be: physical abuse; sexual abuse; emotional abuse; neglect; abandonment; exploitation; or self-neglect. The Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s 2010-2011 Older Adult Protective Services Report indicates that 15.3% of substantiated cases were of financial abuse or exploitation, and 37.5% were cases of self-neglect.  Elder abuse is often undetected, unreported, and untreated.  This page serves as a resource designed to make information about elder abuse, fraud, and financial exploitation – and how to report it - more easily accessible.

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Scam, Fraud and Abuse Resources

Information:

U.S. Department of Justice - Elder Justice Website

Elder Abuse
PA Department of Aging
Administration on Aging
Fraud
PA Attorney General
AARP Fraud Watch Network
   
Identity Theft
IRS
PA Identity Theft Action Plan
Identity Theft Resource Center          
Scams
Computer Emergency Readiness Team
Federal Trade Commission
Stop Senior Scams
   

Tips:

Avoiding Fraud
Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly          
FBI
Avoiding Identity Theft
Medicare
Wall Street Journal
   
Protecting your Privacy
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
 
   

Reporting:

To report abuse:
PA Elder Abuse Hotline, operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 1-800-490-8505

To report abuse or fraud:
The Senate Special Committee on Aging has a toll-free fraud hotline: 1-855-303-9470 and website

To report fraud or scams:
Federal Trade Commission
U.S. Postal Inspection Service          
To report a complaint against a company:
Better Business Bureau
 
   
To report identity theft:
Federal Trade Commission
To report an internet crime:
Internet Crime Complaint Center
   

Frequently Asked Questions:

National Center on Elder Abuse
National Council on Aging

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