Fraudsters are targeting older adults at record rates. Let's fight back.

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Elder Abuse Intro


We’re all taught to respect our elders, but apparently scammers never got the message. In the U.S. alone, fraud costs seniors in the U.S. upwards of $2.9B* annually. Common scams targeting older adults include healthcare insurance scams, counterfeit prescription drug schemes, romance scams, person-in-need scams, lottery scams, funeral and cemetery scams, telemarketing/phone scams, and investment schemes.

Don’t let yourself or your loved ones fall victim to financial elder abuse. Take practical steps to guard against fraud.

5 steps to help safeguard financial assets

  1. Designate a trusted contact — Choose a trusted contact so that your financial institutions know who to contact in case of suspected financial exploitation or if the main account holder has a diminished capacity.

  2. Get organized — Keep a record of where your accounts are located, create a will and regularly update it, set up trusts and power of attorney declarations, and make sure your insurance policy beneficiaries are up-to-date.

  3. Guard your passwords — Create a different password for every account you have and change them regularly. Never share your account numbers, usernames, logins, passwords, or PINs.

  4. Be smart with your smartphone — Scammers like to mask their numbers to make it look as if they’re calling from a local area code, or even from someone you know. Let unknown numbers go to voicemail, and join the National Do Not Call Registry to cut down on unwanted calls.

  5. Become tech savvy — Get more comfortable with technology so that you can better protect yourself online. Take technology and digital literacy classes at a local recreation center, library, or senior center.

Become a force scammers won't want to reckon with

Use these additional resources to learn even more about elder fraud so you can stop it when you spot it.


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Even more resources for senior investors

Senior investors are often seasoned investors. If that’s you, you’ll probably like these additional resources





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