ATLANTA– Attorney General Chris Carr recognizes American Seniors Month and encourages all Georgians to learn how to recognize, prevent and report financial abuse or elder exploitation.
“The Law Department is proud to celebrate Older Americans Month and honor the many accomplishments and contributions of older Georgians in our state,” Carr said.
“We must do everything we can to protect those who are most vulnerable, especially with the crooks who are constantly inventing new ways to commit crimes. To help seniors recognize and avoid scams, our Consumer Protection Division offers a number of resources and stands ready to help those who may fall victim to this type of fraud.
Older adults and their loved ones should familiarize themselves with the signs of financial abuse or abuse, which is defined as the misuse of financial resources for the benefit of others.
- Money or valuables missing
- Credit card charges that the person did not incur
- Unusual activity in bank accounts
- Unpaid bills, rents or taxes
- Notice of eviction
- Legal documents (like a will or power of attorney) signed by an older person who could not have understood what they were signing
- Signatures on checks or documents that appear to be forged
To report financial abuse or exploitation, contact Adult Protective Services by calling 1-866-55AGING (1-866-552-4464) and then pressing “3”. Georgians can also file a report online with the Aging Services Division of the Department of Human Services at aging.georgia.gov/report-elder-abuse.
Georgia Consumer Protection Guide for Seniors
The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division offers a resource guide for older adults and their family members called the Georgia Consumer Protection Guide for Older Adults.
Available on the Consumer Protection Division website and in print, the guide includes a range of topics important to seniors, including scams, identity theft, credit and debt, reverse mortgages, charitable giving, home repairs, funerals, advance directives, long term care, elder abuse and more. .
Consumers can contact the office at 404-651-8600 to request free hard copies of the guide in English or Spanish.