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AGENCY/ENTITY: National Elder Fraud Hotline






National Elder Fraud Hotline

IF YOU ARE OVER 55 YEARS OLD – Instead of reporting the crime on the FBI’s report it to the Department of Justice Elder Abuse Hotline! This is a separate division in the Department of Justice with its own investigators who are experts in financial crimes targeting the elderly.

1-833-FRAUD-11 (833-372-8311)

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Eastern Time Monday – Friday

In the United States, it is estimated that over 20% of those age 65 and older experience some form of elder abuse in a given year.

What is Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse is an intentional or negligent act by any person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to an older adult. It is a term used to describe five subtypes:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Psychological Abuse
  • Financial Exploitation – Including Scams & Fraud
  • Neglect and Abandonment
  • Sexual Abuse

The trauma of elder abuse can result in premature death, the deterioration of physical and psychological health, destruction of social and familial ties, devastating financial loss and more. Older adults are being mistreated in multiple settings (homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities) by family members, friends and neighbors, professionals, and strangers. The EJI provides several scenarios and red flags to help the public understand the five types of abuse.

An elder abuse case has many stages from the incident through investigation, prosecution, and victim recovery. The EJI seeks to improve outcomes at each stage by providing resources, training and information, and by promoting a multidisciplinary response to elder abuse.



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