Frauds and Scams

  1. General Information
  2. Robocalls
  3. Internet Fraud
  4. Government Impersonation 
  5. Sweepstakes Scams
  6. Grandparent Scam
  7. Resources

It is estimated that 5 million older Americans are financially exploited each year in the United States and lose a combined $2.9 billion dollars annually. Scammers go after older adults because they believe they have a significant amount of money in the bank. Financial scams often go unreported or can be difficult to prosecute so they are considered a “low-risk” crime. However, they can be devastating to many older adults and can leave them in a vulnerable position with little time to recoup their losses. 

Five Most Common Frauds Affecting Older Americans
Top Ten Financial Scams Targeting Seniors
Tips to Protect Your Money

Scam and Fraud Prevention Presentation by the State's Attorney's Office
Elder Fraud PowerPoint Presentation