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Types of elder financial abuse

Elder financial abuse is a growing problem in California, as older adults are increasingly targeted by scammers and unscrupulous individuals looking to take advantage of their vulnerability. This type of abuse can take many forms, including fraud, scams and theft and it can have devastating consequences for the victims and their families.

Financial fraud

One of the most common forms of elder financial abuse is financial fraud. Scammers may use a variety of tactics to trick older adults into giving them money or personal information, such as phishing emails or phone calls. They may also use social engineering tactics, such as posing as a government official or a representative of a charity, to gain the trust of their victims.


Scammers may use various tactics to trick older adults into investing in fraudulent schemes or giving them money for fake products or services. These scams can be particularly devastating for older adults, as they may lose their life savings or be left in dire financial straits.


Criminals may steal money or valuables from older adults, either through physical means or by gaining access to their bank accounts or credit cards. They may also take advantage of older adults who have dementia or other cognitive impairments and may not be able to protect themselves.


Not only can it lead to financial ruin, but it can also cause emotional distress and even physical harm. Family members and caregivers must be vigilant and aware of the signs of elder financial abuse, including changes in an older adult’s financial situation or behavior, and take action to protect their loved ones.

Elder abuse prevention

To combat elder financial abuse, older adults need to take steps to protect themselves, such as by being cautious about giving out personal information or money and by being aware of the common tactics used by scammers and thieves. Families and caregivers can also play a role by being vigilant and taking action if they suspect an older adult is being taken advantage of.