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Elder Fraud Tips

Photo of Estate Planning and Elder LawPeople of all ages are becoming more and more vulnerable to identity theft and other forms of fraud. The victims of fraud do not fit a particular profile, but statistics show that oftentimes seniors are targeted. The reasons why this age group is targeted are less clear.

Here are five steps a person can take to reduce instances of fraud.


Strangers may be trying to take advantage of your good nature.  Be aware that people are not always truthful.  Be assertive and ask questions to clarify who exactly you are speaking with, or simply end the conversation by politely hanging up or walking away.


Anyone can be a victim of fraud.  Most victims of fraud are well-educated and socially active.  There is no shame in seeking advice from someone you trust, or double checking facts.  In turn, provide advice to someone who may benefit from it.  When searching for advice consider the following person(s):

Identifying Fraud

Fraud takes on various forms.  Among the most frequently encountered are:

Reporting Fraud

You can report fraud to:

Preventing Fraud

Brainstorm for ideas among your family, friends, and community.  Share experiences you have had and what you have learned from them.

Here's a few suggestions:

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