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Report fraud or financial exploitation

1-800-222-4444, option 2

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:

AARP ElderWatch
1-800-222-4444, option 2

Better Business Bureau

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Eldercare Locator



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


Get Involved


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.


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