World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – Playing a part in prevention

It’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – it’s not a celebratory day, but rather a day to talk about preventing, identifying, and responding to elder abuse and financial exploitation. Whether you are an older adult, care for one, or simply know someone who is a senior, you can do something to prevent elder financial abuse. Here are some tips and tools to help you play a part.

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) "Pass it On"  campaign will help you talk to friends, family, and loved ones about avoiding common scams. You may know about scams like identity theft, imposters, and charity fraud – but chances are, you know someone who doesn’t. There are many ways to use “Pass it On" to share what you know, like writing an article, giving a presentation, or distributing the materials in your community. 

If you are a financial caregiver for an older person who is unable to handle their finances, or work with aging clients, then the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has tools for you:

  • Learn how to prevent elder financial exploitation using the “Money Smart for Older Adults” curriculum. Download the resource guide for consumers and the training module for instructors to get started (also available in Spanish).

Does reading this make you think about an older person you know? Call or visit and ask how they’re doing. If there’s a caregiver, consider filling in for a few hours. And check out the CFPB’s “Managing Someone Else’s Money” guides for common signs of financial exploitation, and the FTC’s advice on spotting elder financial abuse, so you know how to spot potential problems. If you think you see elder abuse, report it. If someone’s in immediate danger, call 911. Otherwise, contact adult protective services and your long-term care ombudsman’s office.

Want to learn more? For training opportunities and other information, sign up for the CFPB’s older Americans mailing list. To keep up-to-date about the latest scams and frauds, sign up for the FTC’s scam alerts.

Working together, we can each do our part on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

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A promise made to me when i came to USA by PCH:buy this buy that and i could be rich "quickly",i hope so after being the victim of Viet Communist:re-education in labor camp and in collective farm always being guarde by communist agent...that mean we have no right to visit family unless we must get a permit...In USA being laid-off and no unemployment benefit.I was a "fonctionnaire"of the former Republic of Vietnam and had account in the bank and no one to answer my request?I must have a better and let me train a miserable life.At least i have a dignity life as most of us.Thank you.

I think that i can't do online business because it need to invest and it's long time ago i was offered to do online or by mail and no pay.NOw i lose hope and no expect to be paid and i lost a lot of money to pay for the promise ..

I have been scammed many times..pay this amount to go to college..to winning lottery et...but only loss''

Very good ,Close attention should be paid to those company's charging a rate of $23%-25%, to homebound elders for purchases of the things they need.11600

How you can help ?

Thank you . i'm very happy and understand i don't know how to say.i just hope everything is really .

And thank you so much for making a veery serous issue across the world too as i have lost million and millions of dollars in my bank account in NEW ZEALAND because the bank told me that i was to old to have this amount of money and so far they have got away with well over $NZD77;5 million dollars as i was trying to get my life back together and to clean up the accounts that i still have in CHRISTCHURCH NEW ZEALAND and now i dont have any money to be able to pay for my storage which is $NZD20,000 whith NZ VAN LINES CHRISTCHURCH and if i dont pay up then they will sell every thing that i had all my 68 years of my life which is a very horrible issue to try and fight through with no help and the other ANZ BANK NEW ZEALAND accused me at the age of 65 years old of hacking through peoples accounts and they got away with over $NZD500,0000 which is elder abuse crimes by the bank

As usual an excellent article. I have a real story to tell.Based on "IF YOU ARE OLD AND YOURS IS A SPANISH NAME YOU AUTOMATICALLY BECOME AN INSTANT TARGET." If you add to this a precarious knowledge of our English Language then...God help you! Right now I am in the process to bestow a very special Award to a well known giant company: The MSS award of America.It is the first time that it is given out, but this Company has earned it ten...no, a thousand fold. I will explain later after I figure out the simultaneous bills received without an explanation of the charges!.
I think that it would extremely beneficial if we could produce "A HELP SHEET - IN SPANISH" Many potential victims do not know where to file a complain - how to file a complain - and many more points that added to the FEAR, UNXIETY AND UNCERTAINTY makes it difficult to react in a proper way. I offer my contribution to translate pertinent material. Cost: a cup of coffee and a smile. Please feel free to contact me. Thank you for a job weel done. Can we do it better? Yes, we can.

Thank you for your interest in protecting people from scams and fraud. The FTC has a great deal of information in Spanish at consumidor.ftc.gov.

In addition you can find information designed for older adults in the Pass It On/ Pasalo campaign.

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