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Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 8th District of Pennsylvania

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Senior Scams, Fraud, and Abuse

In Pennsylvania, and across the United States, there are more and more reports of elder abuse incidents. Elder abuse is any knowing, intentional, or negligent act that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to an older adult. While definitions may vary, elder abuse may be: physical abuse; sexual abuse; emotional abuse; neglect; abandonment; exploitation; or self-neglect. The Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s 2010-2011 Older Adult Protective Services Report indicates that 15.3% of substantiated cases were of financial abuse or exploitation, and 37.5% were cases of self-neglect.  Elder abuse is often undetected, unreported, and untreated.  This page serves as a resource designed to make information about elder abuse, fraud, and financial exploitation – and how to report it - more easily accessible.

Scam, Fraud and Abuse Resources

If fraud is suspected, action can be taken.  The Senate Special Committee on Aging has a toll-free fraud hotline: 1-855-303-9470 and website where fraud can be reported.

Internet crime complaints can also be reported to the FBI and the National White Collar Crime center: www.IC3.gov

In Pennsylvania there is a statewide elder abuse hotline 1-800-490-8505, which will connect to the local Area Agency on Aging. The hotline is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.