Financial exploitation robs millions of older people of their money and property annually. To prevent and respond to the growing crisis of elder financial exploitation, people are working together in hundreds of communities across our nation.
There are many in the criminal justice system who may be at risk of identity theft and other consumer financial fraud. Our new fraud protection tip sheet can help.
Banks and credit unions are in a unique position to prevent financial exploitation of older Americans and to intervene effectively when older account holders are targeted or victimized. That is why today we are releasing an advisory and report for banks and credit unions on how they can better protect older consumers from financial abuse.
After reviewing complaints submitted by consumers, we’ve discovered a financial scam targeting older consumers who had previously been victims of fraudulent money-making schemes. So-called asset recovery companies are contacting these past victims, promising to get refunds for a substantial fee, failing to deliver promised services, and leaving consumers financially worse off than before.
Scams that target older people occur every day, but you can count on scammers to ramp up their efforts to prey on people’s generosity during the holiday season. We’re working to provide older consumers and their families with the tools and information they need to protect themselves from frauds and scams.
Lately, we’ve received questions from people wanting to know what these chips are and how they work. As a new federal agency, we’re committed to providing you with trustworthy information about consumer financial products—including bank accounts and credit cards. Here are a few things you should know about chip technology.
Being away and mission-focused means you won’t be able to regularly check your accounts or credit report, so you may be at increased risk for fraud or identity theft. Today, we’re releasing our Fraud Alert Fact Sheet, which provides you with the information you need to know about getting protective alerts inserted into your credit reports when you’re away.
Home Depot has confirmed that there has been a breach of its payment data systems. According to the company, the breach could potentially impact any customer that has used their card for payment at a Home Depot in the U.S. or Canada since April 2014. Here’s what you can do to protect yourself if you spot unauthorized charges.
Along with other cases from federal and state partners, today we charged that mortgage rescue scammers have taken $25 million in illegal advance fees from consumers. It serves as a reminder of how important it is to watch out for scam artists trying to take advantage of people who need help avoiding foreclosure. Read more to learn how to protect yourself from these scams.
The recent data breach and theft of credit and debit card information at Target retail stores could impact tens of millions of consumers, and we want to let you know what you can do to protect yourself if you spot fraudulent charges. Here’s what you can do if you think your credit or debit card data was hacked.