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PROTECT Week Spotlights Elder Financial Abuse

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One in five adults over 65 has been the victim of fraud, losing $2.9 billion a year to identity thieves and con artists. Unfortunately, even more, money is lost to exploiters who are family, friends or caregivers.

To assist Marylanders in identifying and combating fraud, AARP Maryland, the Office of the Attorney General, Office of the Comptroller, CCCSMD (Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Maryland), the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, the Commissioner of Financial Regulation from the Maryland Department of Labor, Federal Bureau of Investigation Baltimore Division and a coalition of consumer protection groups host an annual statewide public awareness campaign during PROTECT Week (Protecting Older Americans from Financial Exploitation), June 10-17, 2024.

PROTECT Week 2024
PROTECT Week, June 10-17, is the perfect time to remember seniors are vulnerable to financial abuse by loved ones and strangers. Some warning signs to look out for include a caregiver or family member who suddenly asks for access to your loved one’s accounts or possessions, changes in their financial practices such as new credit cards or unopened bank statements, and a financial agent who isn’t following your loved one’s wishes.

Beginning Monday, June 10 through Monday, June 17 we will be streaming a series of FREE workshops, webinars, interviews and tele-town halls with leading experts on elder financial abuse on our Facebook and YouTube channels. Alongside our virtual activities, we are also hosting a variety of in-person events throughout the week, including free document shred events and workshops. For a complete list, scroll through the list below.
BCHD Division on Aging Services and Community Support Medicare Senior Patrol Program
Baltimore County Department of Aging WEAAD Flyer
Blaming the Victim” – The Biggest Con by Karen Morgan, Esq. Member, Executive Council AARP Maryland
Click here to view the press conference and interviews with fraud prevention experts throughout PROTECT Week 2023.
News PROTECT Week Partner Organizations

AARP Maryland

Baltimore County Department of Aging

BBB of Greater Maryland


Center for Elder Justice and Education

CHANA Baltimore

Comptroller of Maryland

Federal Bureau of Investigation

International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators

Maryland and D.C. Credit Union Association

Maryland Bankers Association

Maryland Department of Aging

Maryland Department of Human Services,

Maryland Office of Financial Regulation

Maryland Office of the Attorney General

The Senior Zone

Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force

U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland

Wells Fargo

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