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Preventing Scams and Financial Exploitation

from May 2024


Panel included experts with resources from


SEC Division of Enforcement

Office of the Illinois Attorney General

Oak Park Police Department


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

General resources:

Federal Trade Commission

Do Not Call Registry

Consumer Finacial Protection Bureau

Area Agencies on Aging (N4A)

Illinois Attorney General Resource Directory


Financial concerns:

Money Smart for Older Adults: Resource Guide 

Protect Your Pocketbook: Tips to Avoid Financial Exploitation

A Guide for Seniors: Protect Yourself Against Investment Fraud

Report Suspected Abuse and scams:

Oak Park Police Department

SEC 800-732-0330

FINRA Seniors Helpline: 844-574-3577

Office of the Illinois Attorney General

State securities regulators -

Eldercare/Adult Protective Services   800-677-1116

Federal Trade Commission - 1-877-382-4357

Illinois Senior Medicare Patrol - 1-800-699-9043

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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