If you have older adults in your life, you know this national health emergency has changed the way you can connect. Older adults are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. And they’re more likely to fall into scammers’ sights. So this is a challenging time for older adults, their families, and senior service providers. But there is something you can do right now during Older Americans Month to help older adults protect themselves from fraud, even from a distance.
New fraud prevention activity sheets
Download our fraud prevention activity sheets and handouts and send them to older adults by email. Or share them in person from a safe social distance. Over the last few years, we distributed more than 4 million of our placemats on topics including fake charity scams, grandparent scams, identity theft, and government imposter scams. We’ve now created letter-sized versions of these placemats that work beyond a group meal setting. A variety of organizations, including libraries, financial institutions, and senior centers, can share the activity sheets with their clients in English or in Spanish. The word game format helps drive home the important scam prevention information. And maybe we’ve helped you find something to do with your older relatives during your next video chat.
Report possible scams
- If you think you or someone you care about has been the victim of a scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at .
- Report any crimes to your law enforcement’s non-emergency number. If you suspect that someone is a victim of elder abuse or financial exploitation, report it to Adult Protective Services (APS). Find your local APS at . If you think the person’s safety may be at risk, call 911.
- You can also report scams and financial abuse to your state attorney general. Visit the for the contact information of your state attorney general.