On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr addressed attendees of the Keeping Seniors Safe summit and announced the launch of the National Elder Fraud Hotline. This toll free call center helps combat fraud against older Americans and provides support for victims who have been robbed of their hard-earned savings.
Financial scams and abuses that target older people are on the rise. Fraud and romance scams aimed at older adults resulted in losses of more than $184 million in 2018. Many crimes go unreported because victims are scared, embarrassed or don’t know who to call. That’s why the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office for Victims of Crime created this hotline. It’s for people to report fraud against anyone age 60 or older.
The National Elder Fraud Hotline is staffed by caring professionals who can provide personalized support to callers. Use this call center to–
- report incidences of fraud;
- obtain a case manager who will help you through the reporting process at the federal, state, and local levels; and
- connect with other helpful resources on a case-by-case basis.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of elder fraud, call 833-FRAUD-11 (833-372-8311) to receive help from a hotline case manager. The hotline is staffed every day, 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. eastern time. Hotline staff speak English, Español, and other languages.
Visit the National Elder Fraud Hotline website.