Where to find more information on elder financial vulnerability
Elder financial vulnerability is the subject of lots of scientific research and legal discourse — it’s also an important topic for families. Marketplace has been reporting on these stories and conversations, but there are lots of resources out there for people who are concerned. Here are some reputable guides — places to find more information, file complaints and check your own capabilities:
- Federal Trade Commission information on how to avoid tech support scam
- FTC information on gift card scams
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s resource guide for older adults
- Download the CFPB’s Identity Protection Guide
- Stanford Center on Longevity toolkit
- Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology; the institute’s Older Adult Nest Egg helps professionals review financial decisions to identify and protect seniors vulnerable to fraud
- Federal Communications Commission Consumer Complaint Center
- FTC Consumer Sentinel HelpLine: 877-701-9595
- Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint Center
- FBI: 800-CALL-FBI
- You can also report fraudulent activity to your state attorney general
- FINRA’s Financial Literacy Quiz
- National Center on Elder Abuse
- U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging fraud hotline
- ElderAbuse.org, research and education umbrella organization dedicated to fighting abuse
- Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker
- Find your local Adult Protective Services
- AARP’s Fraud Watch Network 877-908-3360
- AARP scam updates newsletter
- State Bar Associations may be able to connect you with pro bono legal services
- “It Happened to Dad”: A presentation by Missouri resident Chad Schrieber, whose father was targeted by multiple fraudsters
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