Identity theft occurs when someone uses another’s personally identifying information, like their name, date of birth, social security number or credit card number without their permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the United States. The Federal Trade Commission reported that in 2020, there were 4.8 million victims of identity theft and credit card fraud costing citizens $4.5 billion. These alarming statistics demonstrate ID theft may be the most frequent, costly and pervasive crime in the US. This post will feature links and resources on ID Theft.
Elder abuse is an intentional act or failure to act that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult. Elder abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Approximately one in 10 Americans age 60+ have experienced one form of elder abuse. This post will feature links and... Read More
Elder financial exploitation is defined as someone illegally or improperly using an older persons money or belongings for their own personal use. It is estimated that elders are scammed out of 36 billion dollars per year in financial exploitation. Despite elder financial exploitation being prevalent, only one in 24 cases are reported to authorities. This... Read More