Warning Signs of Financial Fraud

  • There is unusual activity, such as withdrawals or new names added, on the person’s financial accounts.

  • The older adult suddenly appears confused, unkempt and afraid.

  • Essential bills are going unpaid.

  • A caregiver will not allow others access to the older adult.

  • The residence contains many sweepstakes mailings, magazine subscriptions or free gifts. This may indicate that successful con artists previously have victimized the older adult.

  • A older adult discovers there has been a change in their will or power of attorney designation that the older adult did not authorize.

  • A older adult appears to lack necessities or amenities, such as clothing and grooming items, even though the older adult has the means to afford such items.