Elder abuse impacts thousands of older Americans
Elderly people in California and throughout the country become victims of financial exploitation and abuse far more often than most of us realize. From phone scams with strangers pretending to be a relative in trouble to intimidation by members of their own family, seniors are vulnerable to many kinds of financial abuse.
Report elder abuse to Eldercare Locator
Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pacific Time
Signs of financial elder abuse
- ATM activity in the vulnerable adult's account, even though he or she is physically unable to leave home
- Abrupt and unexplained change in a financial Power of Attorney, new names added to signature cards, or a new joint account.
- Signatures that seem forged, unusual or suspicious
- Out-of-sync check numbers
- Allegations of "missing funds" from a vulnerable adult's account
- Credit union or credit card statements sent to an address other than the vulnerable adult's home
- Unusual cash withdrawals from a checking account
- Abrupt increase in credit card activity or a sudden flurry of bounced checks
- Sudden appearance of previously uninvolved relatives claiming rights to a vulnerable adult's affairs and possessions
- A caregiver who appears to be getting paid too much or too often
If you see signs of Elder Abuse, say something
An elderly person may be unable to stop the abuse, so if you believe something is going on, please report it. Call the Eldercare Locator at (800) 677-1116, Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pacific Time. The person who takes your call will refer you to the best local agency to help based on the circumstances you describe.