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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nevada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 7, 2019

U.S. Attorney's Office And FBI To Host Elder Fraud Prevention Telephone Town Hall To Promote Elder Justice Initiative

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada and the FBI Las Vegas Division are promoting the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Elder Justice Initiative with an interactive telephone town hall on June 10, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich and Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse for the FBI Las Vegas Division.

One of the best ways to protect yourself or a loved one from financial fraud is to remain informed. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, and AARP Nevada have partnered to raise awareness and educate Nevada’s seniors about the latest financial scams. The free telephone town hall will be live on Monday, June 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PDT.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) was established to provide the public with a reliable and convenient reporting mechanism to submit information to the FBI. The IC3 aggregates and forwards suspected criminal internet activity to the appropriate local, state, federal, and international law enforcement agencies for possible investigation. In 2018, the IC3 received a total of 351,936 complaints with losses in excess of $2.7 billion.

To join the free telephone town hall, register at https://vekeo.com/event/aarpnevada-45728/.

The DOJ Elder Justice Initiative aims to combat elder financial exploitation by expanding efforts to investigate and prosecute financial scams that target seniors; educating older adults on how to identify scams and avoid getting ripped off by scammers; and promoting greater coordination with law enforcement partners.

Elder fraud complaints may be filed with the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP or online at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov or the IC3 at www.ic3.gov.

The DOJ provides a variety of resources relating to elder fraud victimization through its Office of Victims of Crime at www.ovc.gov. Additional elder justice resources, training, and outreach materials can be found at the Elder Justice Website at www.elderjustice.gov.

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Community Outreach
Elder Justice
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Updated June 7, 2019