Did this happen to you or someone you know?
- Has anyone taken or spent your money without your permission?
- Has anyone sold or used things that belonged to you without your permission? This could include your bank or credit cards, your checks, your personal property or your documents.
- Has anyone made you sign legal documents you didn’t understand?
- Has anyone forced, convinced or misled you to give them something that belonged to you? This could include a bank account, a credit card, a deed to a house, personal property, or other documents.
- Has anyone pretended to be you to obtain goods or money?
- Has anyone kept money from you that belonged to you?
- Has anyone stopped you from using your own money or kept information about your money from you?
Warning signs of financial exploitation include:
- Sudden changes in bank accounts or banking practices, including an unexplained withdrawal of large sums of money by a person accompanying the elder
- The inclusion of additional names on an elder's bank signature card
- Unauthorized withdrawal of the elder's funds using the elder's ATM card
- Abrupt changes in a will or other financial documents
- Unexplained disappearance of funds or valuable possessions
- Substandard care being provided or bills left unpaid despite the availability of adequate financial resources
- Discovery of an elder's signature being forged for financial transactions or for the titles of his/her possessions
- Sudden appearance of previously uninvolved relatives claiming their rights to an elder's property or possessions
- Unexplained sudden transfer of assets to a family member or someone outside the family
- The provision of services that are not necessary
- An elder's report of financial exploitation.