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WHATFederal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint Center takes reports of senior scams and fraud.
WHYTo report scams and to prevent older adults from becoming future victims of scams, financial fraud, and internet schemes.
WHEREFederal Bureau of Investigation. (FBI)
Department of Justice Elder Fraud Initiative.
Across the USA.

Program Description

“The IC3 receives and tracks thousands of complaints daily, reported by victims of fraud. Any person aged 60 or older could be considered a victim of Elder Fraud. IC3 reporting is key to identifying, investigating, and holding those responsible accountable for their actions.”

“Seniors are often targeted because they tend to be trusting and polite. They also usually have financial savings, own a home, and have good credit—all of which make them attractive to scammers.”

“Each year, millions of elderly Americans fall victim to some type of financial fraud or internet scheme. If you, or someone you know, is a victim of a fraud or scam, file a complaint with the IC3.”

The Department of Justice Elder Fraud Hotline is 833-FRAUD-11(833-372-8311).

The Internet Crime Complaint Center list details of how to report scams and elder fraud on their website. Elderly victims of fraud looking for information on how to report elder scams and fraud can file an elder fraud complaint with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) by providing the following:

  • Names of the scammer and/or company.
  • Dates of contact.
  • Methods of communication.
  • Phone numbers, email addresses, mailing addresses, and websites used by the perpetrator
    Methods of payment.
  • Where funds were sent, including wire transfers and prepaid cards, financial institution names, account names, and account numbers.
  • Descriptions of interactions with the scammer and the instructions given.

The Elder Fraud Report lists annual statistics on elder scams and fraud with information on numbers of crimes, types of crimes, age groups targeted, and the state where crimes occurred.

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