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.
How do you help an elderly person who has been scammed?
Protect Your Parents From Scams
- Don’t just tell your parent to hang up or throw out the letter. Have a talk about why.
- Don’t shame or blame.
- Try some reverse psychology.
- Turn patsies into protectors.
What to do if someone falls for a scam?
File a police report: For the scam to be labeled a crime, you’ll need to file a police report. Banks may need a copy of the report to issue a refund. Request a credit freeze or short-term fraud alert: A fraud alert will remain for 90 days and reduce the risk of having your identity stolen.
What to do if a parent is getting scammed?
What to do: Report the scam to the FTC on the agency’s website or by calling 888-382-1222 as well as the state attorney general. If the prize offer came in the mail, report that to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service on its website.
What to do if an elderly person is being taken advantage of?
Here are some steps to consider taking:
- Talk to the older person.
- Gather more information or evidence as to what is occurring.
- Contact the older person’s financial institution.
- Contact your local Adult Protective Services (APS) office.
- Contact law enforcement.
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 I report a scammer?
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 prove elder abuse?
In order to prove you guilty of FELONY elder abuse under Penal Code section 368, the prosecutor must establish beyond a reasonable doubt the following: 1) you inflicted unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering on an elder, or you allowed another person to do so; 2) you acted willfully or with criminal negligence
What happens when you report someone for elder abuse?
If your state mandates reporting, most medical care providers have an obligation to report suspected elder abuse. If they fail to report potential abuse, they can be liable for any injuries and damages the victim may later suffer.
How do I report elder financial exploitation?
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.