Frauds and Scams

  1. General Information

It is estimated that 5 million older Americans are financially exploited each year in the United States and lose a combined $2.9 billion dollars annually. Scammers go after older adults because they believe they have a significant amount of money in the bank. Financial scams often go unreported or can be difficult to prosecute so they are considered a “low-risk” crime. However, they can be devastating to many older adults and can leave them in a vulnerable position with little time to recoup their losses. 

Frederick County Sheriff's Office County Spotlight: Scams (YouTube)

Five Most Common Frauds Affecting Older Americans (PDF)
Top Ten Financial Scams Targeting Seniors (PDF)
Tips to Protect Your Money (PDF)

Scam and Fraud Prevention Presentation by the State's Attorney's Office
Elder Fraud PowerPoint Presentation

  1. Robocalls
  1. Internet Fraud
  1. Government Impersonation 
  1. Sweepstakes Scams
  1. Grandparent Scam
  1. Resources