If you or someone you know is a victim of elder fraud, we encourage you to call the National Elder Fraud Hotline at 833–FRAUD–11 (833–372–8311). Professional case managers will assist you with reporting the crime and connect you with other resources as needed. The hotline is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. eastern time. Services are available for speakers of English, Spanish, and other languages.
VictimConnect serves victims of any crime in the United States. Trained specialists are available to help you locate referrals for mental health counseling, financial compensation, legal services, civil justice options, support groups, crime reporting, identity theft recovery and more.
In August of 2016, a new VOCA Rule clarified and expanded states’ allowable uses of VOCA victim assistance funding. The rule clarifies and expands how states may expend the funding, and states are looking to support all victims, including victims of elder abuse. This OVC page highlights examples of VOCA-funded elder abuse programs and the VOCA offices that funded them.
This OVC-funded program seeks to expand and improve the outreach and capacity of victim service programs to assist victims of identity theft and cybercrime. This national network seeks to build capacity to provide assistance to victims of these crimes and encourage the expansion of existing victim service programs and coalitions.
OVC and the Federal Trade Commission held a forum in 2011 to discuss child identity theft. Read transcripts from forum sessions which explored the nature of child identity theft—including foster care identity theft and identity theft within families—with the goal of advising parents and victims on how to prevent the crime and how to resolve child identity theft problems.
The Bureau Consumer Financial Protection works to protect consumers from unfair, deceptive, or abusive practices and take action against companies that break the law. This resource page provides guidance to help you prevent, recognize, and report scams and fraud.
IdentityTheft.gov provides a comprehensive collection of resources for identity theft victims, including information on how to know if you're a victim and what steps should be taken if your identity has been stolen.
The FTC is the U.S. Government's central website for information about identity theft includes government reports and Congressional testimony, law enforcement updates, and consumer alerts. Victims of identity theft will find useful information on how to report identity theft and steps to protect their credit.
This site provides advice to help financial caregivers manage the financial decisions of a loved one, provides information on how to watch out for scams and financial exploitation, and what to do if your loved one is a victim.
An identity thief may use your Social Security number for employment which will cause the employer to use your Social Security number to report income earned. Thieves may also file a false tax return in order claim a tax refund. This section of the IRS site provides information on the steps the agency is taking combat identity theft and protect taxpayers. If you believe you may have tax issues as a result of identity theft, contact the IRS Identity Protection Unit at 1-800-908-4490
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is responsible for investigating fraudulent use the U.S. Mail and postal system. Victims of mail crime, including identity theft, fraud and mail theft, can file a report with this office.
Victims of identity theft may want to place an extended fraud alert or a free credit freeze on their credit file. This site provides information on both extended fraud alerts and credit freezes, along with the steps victims can take to implement them.
This site serves as a resource for victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation and their families, practitioners who serve them, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors, and researchers seeking to understand and address this silent epidemic plaguing our nation's elders. Victims and family members will find information about how to report and get assistance for victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. territories.
To address the need for resources and strategies related to elder abuse, NCJRS presents this compilation of publications and related materials focusing abuse by caregivers, domestic violence, fraud and financial abuse, along with additional information and resources.
The Secret Service investigates crimes associated with financial institutions, including bank fraud, access device fraud, telecommunications and computer crimes, fraudulent government and commercial securities, and electronic funds transfer fraud.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center allows users to file complaints online. Its website also offers statistics, scam alerts, and fraud prevention tips. The program is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center.
In an effort to educate businesses and the public about the growing impact of fraud, as well as to promote basic steps that can be taken to recognize, report, and reduce the risk of becoming a victim of fraudulent activities, NCJRS presents this online compilation of resources addressing the topic.
This site provides information on how to protect your child's identity, provides information on signs that your child's identity may have been stolen, and what to do if your child is an identity theft victim.
TransUnion is one of the three major credit bureaus along with Equifax and Experian. Victims of identity theft and individuals who suspect they might be victims can contact the TransUnion fraud department to place a fraud alert on their credit report.
Experian is one of the three major credit bureaus along with Equifax and TransUnion. Victims of identity theft and individuals who suspect they might be victims can contact the Experian fraud department to place a fraud alert on their credit report.
Equifax is one of the three major credit bureaus along with Experian and TransUnion. Victims of identity theft and individuals who suspect they might be victims can contact the Equifax fraud department to place a fraud alert on their credit report.
Medical identity theft occurs when a thief gains access to your name or health insurance numbers to see a doctor, get prescription drugs, file claims with your insurance provider, or get other care. This site provides information on this crime and the steps victims can take to recover from this crime.
The Identity Theft Resource Center is a nonprofit consumer information, research, and advocacy organization that offers public education, prevention tips, victim information guides, and other resources, including: Identity Theft: Stolen Futures-an educational program to teach defensive identity theft consumer behavior for teens.
The Center for Identity Management and Information Protection is a research collaborative dedicated to furthering a national research agenda on identity management, information sharing, and data protection.
The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse is an association of researchers, practitioners, educators, and advocates dedicated to protecting the safety, security, and dignity of older Americans.