Sunday, November 25, 2012

Resources on Fraud & Elder Abuse Prevention

Did you know that Alabama is ranked in the top 20 for states in cases of identity theft? Recently Ana Rodriguez ran an article on about a program we have coming up this week on fraud and elder abuse and this disturbing statistic was the headline. We are seeking to change that headline! Please join us this Wednesday, November 28th at 12:30 for a Town Hall Meeting when we will discuss ways to spot and avoid situations of fraud, identity theft, and elder abuse. According to Representative Paul DeMarco, who will moderate Wednesday's event, "We've seen an increase in elder abuse and we want to provide this forum to distribute this information with some of the experts from our state." We will hear from representatives from the Office of the Attorney General for the Sate of Alabama and the Alabama Securities Commission. 

In addition to the above experts, the links below will lead you to further resources for help in spotting fraud, identity theft, and elder abuse situations. If you know of a great resource not listed, please let us know!

  • This web page is a great resource to check out on a regular basis. Even if you think these tips will not pertain to you, you will find information on all types of scams and con artists listed on this page. The most current information (from August, 2012) warns against certain threats to unwary investors as well as a reminder to work only with licensed professionals.
  • Here you'll find numerous resources to help you stay in control of your money AND your identity! Links will take you to information from tips to avoid investor fraud to how to remove your name from telemarketing and email lists.
  • The office of the Attorney General has gathered information meant to protect consumers from all types of fraud. From this page you can file a consumer complaint as well as find links to brochures on phone scams, check fraud, identity theft, and other types of consumer protection information. The FAQ section is particularly detailed, check it out!
  • At this website you will find all the information a senior should know from Medicare to issues involving elder abuse. You will also find a link to which, according to their website, is meant to "assist older adults, individuals with disabilities and their family members locate services they might need as well as other information that might be of interest."

Wednesday's program is free of charge, and no reservation is required. It is part of a regularly scheduled Brown Bag Lunch program, so please bring a sack lunch. The Library provides soft drinks and dessert. Doors open at noon, the program will begin at 12:30. For more information, please contact the Reference Desk at Emmet O'Neal Library at (205) 445-1121. 


Robin said...

I'm currently trying to better understand elder fraud, especially financial exploitation. Just curious, is there a free, public hotline that older adults can call into when they have a financial question or need a financial advocate? It seems like a hotline would allow older adults a way to ask questions anonymously.

Emmet O'Neal Library said...

The federal Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force has a webpage dedicated to various avenues for reporting fraud of many kinds. Visit and click REPORT FRAUD to select the type of fraud suspected.

Specifically for the state of Alabama:

Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General: Troy King
Mailing Address:
Alabama State House
11 South Union Street, Third Floor
Montgomery, AL 36130

Consumer Hot Line - 1-800-392-5658 or 334-242-7334
Fax: 334-242-2433

Robin said...

Thank you for your response. I visited the site and the link to Elder Fraud is broke. Do you know of a direct link to their Elder Fraud section? I will also attempt to contact them through the phone number they have listed.

Thank you, again.

Emmet O'Neal Library said...

The live link is below

The report of elder financial exploitation should be made to each state's adult protective services, which can be accessed by the eldercare locator website, located here: