Telephone and Internet Scams: Help Protect Older Adults

Caregiving Resource | July 24, 2018 | by Cory Kallheim

Financial fraud targeting older people is a growing epidemic that costs them an estimated $2.9 billion annually, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). This estimate is likely low as older people often do not report fraud because they are too ashamed to admit they have been scammed, may not even know that they are victims, or do not know how to report it.

Aging services providers can help their residents and clients avoid being scammed by making them aware of the kinds of scams typically aimed at older people and preventive steps that can be taken. We have developed guidance to assist you in reaching out to those you serve.

This guidance will help providers answer the following questions regarding telephone and internet scams targeting older adults:

  • What are the most popular scams targeting older adults?
  • Are there some practical tips to help older adults avoid scams?
  • Who can I call to report scams?

If you or someone you know are the victim of a scam or fraud attempt, please call the US Senate Aging Committee’s Fraud Hotline at 1-855-303-9470.