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You can help stop elder abuse.

Silence isn’t golden.

If you suspect elder abuse call:

1-800-490-8505

Tips for Avoiding Identity Theft
and Financial Abuse

Here are a few ways you can safeguard yourself from falling victim to identity theft and financial abuse. If you suspect that you have been victimized, call the Elder Abuse hotline immediately.

Check your credit reports regularly    
Order a copy of your credit report every year -  annualcreditreport.com or 1- 877-322-8228.

Opt out of credit marketing lists          
1-888-5OPT OUT  (567-8688) - Your social security number will be required.

Keep your mail safe. 
Use a locked mailbox to send and receive mail.

Shred trash with identifying information.
Use a cross cut shredder.

Keep your social security number confidential. 
Don’t carry your Social Security Card.

Be aware of imposters, frauds and scams. 
Don’t give out personal information.
This applies to
the phone, mail or over the Internet- Ask questions!

Lock it up.
Keep your personal information locked up at home.

Use safety on the Internet!

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“Every person, no matter how young or how old, deserves to be safe from harm by those who live with them, care for them, or come in day-to-day contact with them.”

American Psychological Association

If you are in immediate danger
call 911.

Abuse is NEVER the victim’s fault.