If you believe you or someone you know may have been a victim of elder fraud, contact your local FBI field office or submit a tip online. You can also file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. You are also encouraged to keep original documentation, emails, faxes, and logs of all communications.
What do I do if my elderly parent is being scammed?
You can report senior citizen scams to Adult Protective Services as well as your local police. Should you receive a call from someone posing as an IRS agent, or agent from another government agency, report it to that agency as well.
How do you report financial exploitation of the elderly?
If you want to report elder financial abuse, contact your local county APS Office (PDF). Abuse reports may also be made to you local law enforcement agency.
What to do if you have been a victim of a scam?
Report Most Common Scams The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the main agency that collects scam reports. Report your scam online with the FTC complaint assistant, or by phone at 1-877-382-4357 (9:00 AM – 8:00 PM, ET). The FTC accepts complaints about most scams, including these popular ones: Phone calls.
How do you prosecute a scammer?
To file a complaint, just go to ftc.gov/complaint, and answer the questions. Or call That’s all there is to it. If you’ve been ripped off or scammed, complain to the Federal Trade Commission. It can help put the bad guys out of business.
How do you prove exploitation of the elderly?
To prove there was a breach by the fiduciary or someone else, one or more of the following must be proven:
- Extensive withdrawal from monetary accounts.
- Increased or changed spending habits.
- Someone added to the senior’s financial accounts.
- Unpaid health care costs or no health care.
- Changes in the senior’s estate.
What constitutes exploitation of the elderly?
The federal Elder Justice Act, enacted in 2010, defines financial exploitation of the elderly as, ” the fraudulent or otherwise illegal, unauthorized, or improper act that uses the resources of an elder for monetary or personal benefit, profit, or gain, or that results in depriving an elder the rightful access to, or
What constitutes financial abuse of the elderly?
Financial elder/dependent adult abuse is any theft or embezzlement of money or any other property from an elder. Taking money from a wallet, manipulating an elder to turn over money, or using an elder’s phone for long distance calls can all be considered financial abuse.
Is there any way to get money back after being scammed?
Contact your bank immediately to let them know what’s happened and ask if you can get a refund. Most banks should reimburse you if you’ve transferred money to someone because of a scam. If you can’t get your money back and you think this is unfair, you should follow the bank’s official complaints process.
What happens if I get scammed?
If you’ve been scammed, consider reporting the fraud to the police to see if they can take any action, as well as to your state consumer protection office. You can also report scams to the FTC. File a report online with the FTC, or by phone at (877) 382-4357.
Can you get in trouble for scamming a scammer?
If you think you’ve been the victim of an internet scam, the first thing you should do is ask for a refund. If that fails, you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or your local consumer protection office. The perpetrators of online scams are often charged with federal wire fraud crimes.