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


U.S. Department of Justice - Elder Justice Website

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


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


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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