Elder Financial Abuse Information

Older Americans are particularly vulnerable to financial exploitation. Each year the Comptroller of Maryland joins the Maryland Attorney General's Office, Maryland Department of Ageing, Maryland Department of Human Services, AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), CCCSMD (Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Maryland), MVLS (Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service) and myriad other partners in Protect Week and the Project SAFE coalition. This annual campaign raises awareness of elder fraud and financial abuse, offers prevention and identification tips and resources to help victims and family members.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15

PROTECT Week runs annually each June

PROTECT Week Public Service Announcement

Elder Financial Exploitation Brochure for Download and Print

Elder Financial Exploitation Brochure for Download and Print (ESPAÑOL)




Protecting Your House of Finances From Scammers



AARP Scam Alert Sign Up

AARP: Scam Podcasts

2021 Events:

Join Comptroller Franchot for the kick off of PROTECT Week 2021 at the virtual press conference on June 14th at 2PM, and the Tele-Townhall on June 15th at 10AM, where he will take your questions live. Be sure to tune into the SENIOR ZONE at 10 am on June 14th on WYCB, 1340AM to hear Comptroller Franchot discuss the reasons why PROTECT Week should concern everyone. Details surrounding these and other informative events and programs can be found on the schedule below and on the official PROTECT Week website: www.protectweek.org

2021 Spanish Language Events:

June 16 at 6:30 pm: Join Adriana Lee, the Comptroller's Hispanic Affairs Outreach Manager, Commissioner of Financial Regulation DLLR, Tony Salazar, Ethel Wirth, and Jose Cruz Miranda for a Spanish language PROTECT Week seminar hosted by Anne Arundel County on the My Anne Arundel Facebook Page

June 17th, at 2 pm: Join Adriana Lee, Prince George County Court Liaison for Hispanic Services Norberto Martinez, and Sgt. Chabla from Prince George’s County Police Department.

June 18 at 10 am: Join Adriana Lee, Hispanic Affairs Outreach Manager, Pedro Palomino, CEO of SOMOS BALTIMORE LATINO, Detective Miguel Rodriguez, Baltimore Police Department, Vinicio Guzman, from FIDES TECH SOLUTIONS hosted by SOMOS Baltimore Latino on their Facebook Page

2020 Recap:

PROTECT WEEK Virtual Press Conference was live-streamed June 15, 2020, if you missed it, you can watch it in its entirety here.


Quick Tips:

  1. Do not answer calls from numbers you do not recognize
  2. Keep an eye on your financial accounts for any unusual activity
  3. Verify a charity is legitimate BEFORE donating by going to:
  4. Hang up on robocalls
  5. Be skeptical about free trial offers
  6. No one should ask you for money upfront for a stimulus relief check, prize, refund, mortgage, or debt relief of any kind
  7. Beware of phishing scams online and over the phone attempting to get you to reveal your social security and bank account numbers- do not give those out
  8. Research before you buy, invest, or take out a loan to verify it is not a scam
  9. If a family member (like a grandchild) or other individual calls with a sudden emergency asking for money- beware as it is probably an imposter- hang up and call that person directly to verify the call
  10. Check the IRS, FTC, and other reputable sites for a list of the most common and current scams
  11. Don't Be A Victim Of A Fraudulent Tax Preparer: Beware Of These Warning Signs

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