I think I or someone I know was the victim of a scam or financial exploitation. Who can I contact for help?
If you suspect a scam, there are a few important steps you should take right away.
- Contact your local police or sheriff’s office to report the scam.
- Contact your state attorney general. Visit the National Association of Attorneys General website for the contact information of each state attorney general.
- If the victim is an older person or a person with a disability, contact your local adult protective services agency. You can find your state or local agency that receives and investigates reports of suspected elder financial exploitation by using the online Eldercare Locator or calling 1-800-677-1116.
- If you or someone you care about is the victim of a fraud, scam or financial exploitation, you can submit a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
Because all scams are different, you might have to reach out to a number of other local, state, and federal agencies depending on your situation. Take a look at this guide on managing someone else’s money for more information on financial exploitation and scams.