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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.
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:
1-800-222-4444, option 2
Better Business Bureau
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
FTC Do Not Call Registry
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).
Major Credit Bureaus
Free annual credit report: 1-877-322-8228
National Association of Insurance Commissioners
State Attorney General
National Association of Attorneys General
Social Security Administration
State Securities Regulator
North American Securities Administrators Association
U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Help raise awareness of fraud and scams by scheduling a presentation. For more information, email your contact information to Mark Fetterhoff.
Help others recognize, refuse and report fraud by volunteering with us. For more information, email your contact information to Mark Fetterhoff.
AARP Fraud Watch Network
Sign up for watchdog alerts to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Colorado Attorney General
File a consumer complaint and learn more about resources in Colorado.
FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center
Learn about scams targeting older Americans and report these crimes.
Federal Trade Commission
Avoid identity theft and other scams and know how to report them.
FINRA Investor Education Foundation
Visit the fraud center to learn about investment fraud and how to avoid it.
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