FBI Introduces Elder Fraud Awareness Campaign

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s Washington Field Office has launched a campaign to raise awareness of elderly fraud schemes which include romance scams, non-payment/non-delivery schemes, tech support scams, and timeshare reselling schemes, among others.

Scammers are known to commonly prey on those over the age of 60 due to financial security and elders are less likely to report crimes. 

According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, scams cost senior adults over 60 $1.68 billion in 2021.

Senior citizens were driven to shop online for the first time, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with many older Americans claiming that they ordered things using social media links and received nothing or something different from what was represented.

Similarly, in romance scams, criminals construct fake profiles on dating sites or social media platforms to form relationships with victims that they use as leverage to steal money from the victims. 

“The FBI and our partners are committed to educating older Americans and their caretakers about these heartbreaking scams to prevent them from happening. You can only protect yourself and your loved ones if you know how to recognize—and report—fraud,’ said Special Agent in Charge Wayne A. Jacobs of the FBI Washington Field Office’s Criminal and Cyber Division.

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