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Preventing Scams and Financial Exploitation

from May 2024

 

Panel included experts with resources from

AgeOptions http://www.ageoptions.org/

SEC Division of Enforcement  https://www.sec.gov/page/enforcement-section-landing

Office of the Illinois Attorney General   www.IllinoisAttorneyGeneral.gov

Oak Park Police Department https://www.oak-park.us/village-services/police-department

 

There were so many resources mentioned.  Below are just a few in no particular order. 


General resources:

Federal Trade Commission   www.ftc.gov

Do Not Call Registry   www.donotcall.gov

Consumer Finacial Protection Bureau  www.consumerfinance.gov/older-americans

Area Agencies on Aging (N4A)     www.n4a.org

Illinois Attorney General Resource Directory   www.IllinoisAttorneyGeneral.gov

AARP  https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/voa-rest-program/

Financial concerns:

Money Smart for Older Adults: Resource Guide     

    files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/cfpb_money-smart-for-older-adults-resource-guide_2021-06.pd

Protect Your Pocketbook: Tips to Avoid Financial Exploitation   www.eldercare.acl.gov

A Guide for Seniors: Protect Yourself Against Investment Fraud    www.invester.gov

Report Suspected Abuse and scams:

Oak Park Police Department https://www.oak-park.us/village-services/police-department

SEC 800-732-0330

FINRA Seniors Helpline: 844-574-3577

Office of the Illinois Attorney General   www.IllinoisAttorneyGeneral.gov

State securities regulators - ServeOurSeniors.org

Eldercare/Adult Protective Services   800-677-1116  eldercare.gov

Federal Trade Commission - 1-877-382-4357  ftc.gov/complaint  

identitytheft.gov

consumerfinance.gov/askcfpb

Illinois Senior Medicare Patrol - 1-800-699-9043   www.illinoissmp.org

Arbor West Neighbors

Arbor West Neighbors (AWN) is a grassroots organization of neighbors in Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park and Austin connected to support and enrich aging through community building and advocacy. Our mission is to empower adults to thrive as we age in community. 

 

Our vision is to build a multi-ethnic, multicultural community where all older adults are valued, age with dignity, and enjoy opportunities for growth and engagement. 

We are an all-volunteer 501(c)3 organization with over 120 members. 

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