AARP Foundation ElderWatch

REPORT FRAUD

This final step is really important in helping us fight fraud and protect others from being targeted by the same scams. Unfortunately, the reality is that if you have been a victim of a fraud or a scam, the money is more than likely gone. It is incredibly rare for any funds to be returned to the victims. But that doesn’t mean you are powerless. We still need you to report as many details as you can about these scams so that we can work to shut them down.

 

We encourage you to call us directly at 800-222-4444, option 2, to connect with an AARP ElderWatch specialist. Our volunteers can help talk you through your issue, gather information about it, and refer you to the appropriate agency to which you should file a complaint. You may also be interested in filing a complaint directly with the following agencies:

AARP ElderWatch
1-800-222-4444, option 2
www.aarpelderwatch.org

 

Better Business Bureau
www.bbb.org/scam-stopper

 

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
1-855-411-2372
www.consumerfinance.gov

 

Eldercare Locator
1-800-677-1116
www.eldercare.gov

 

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
1-877-438-4338
www.consumer.gov

 

FTC Do Not Call Registry
1-888-382-1222
www.ftc.gov/donotcall

 

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
1-800-289-9999
www.finra.org/complaint
www.finra.org/fileatip

 

Internet Crime Complaint Center
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).
www.ic3.gov

 

Major Credit Bureaus
Free annual credit report: 1-877-322-8228 or www.annualcreditreport.com

 

 

 

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Report Fraud:
1-800-222-4444,
option 2

 

AARP Toll-free Nationwide:
888-OUR-AARP
(888-627-2277)

Toll-free TTY
877-434-7598

Equifax
1-888-766-0008
www.equifax.com

 

Experian
1-888-397-3742
www.experian.com

 

TransUnion
1-800-680-7289
www.transunion.com

 

National Association of Insurance Commissioners
1-866-470-6242
www.naic.org

 

State Attorney General
National Association of Attorneys General
202-326-6000
www.naag.org

 

State Securities Regulator
North American Securities Administrators Association

202-737-0900
www.nasaa.org

 

Social Security Administration
1-800-269-0271
www.ssa.gov

 

U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General
1-888-877-7644
www.uspsoig.gov

 

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
1-800-732-0330
www.sec.gov
www.investor.gov

 

Report fraud or financial exploitation at 1-800-222-4444, option 2

GET INVOLVED

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PRESENTATIONS

Help raise awareness of fraud and scams by scheduling a presentation. For more information, email your contact information to Mark Fetterhoff.

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VOLUNTEER

Help others recognize, refuse and report fraud by volunteering with us. For more information, email your contact information to Mark Fetterhoff.

RESOURCES

AARP Fraud Watch Network

Sign up for watchdog alerts to protect yourself and your loved ones. Learn More »

Colorado Attorney General

File a consumer complaint and learn more about resources in Colorado. Learn More »

FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center

Learn about scams targeting older Americans and report these crimes. Learn More »

Federal Trade Commission

Avoid identity theft and other scams and know how to report them. Learn More »

FINRA Investor Education Foundation

Visit the fraud center to learn about investment fraud and how to avoid it. Learn More »

About Elderwatch

AARP Foundation ElderWatch engages hundreds of volunteers each year to help older consumers recognize, refuse and report fraud and scams. This website provides additional information and tools to help protect consumers against financial exploitation.