Taking Action: An Advocate’s Guide to Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud

Financial fraud is real and can be devastating. Fortunately, in every community there are individuals in a position to provide tangible help to victims. To assist them, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation and the National Center for Victims of Crime joined forces in 2013 to develop Taking Action: An Advocate’s Guide to Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud. To view this guide, click here.

Taking Action


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IACP Elder Abuse Prevention Videos

With the population of older Americans today at 46.2 million people over the age of 65 expected to grow to about 82.3 million by 2040 law enforcement will need extensive training, tools, and strategies to confront the evolving types of crime committed against this very vulnerable segment of the population. In response to this growing need, the International Association of Chiefs of Police has developed a series of training videos which will enable law enforcement to better identify signs of elder abuse and recognize evidence that can lead to the successful prosecution of this crime against older Americans. To view this valuable resource, click here.



Find Assistance in Your State

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Resources for Consumers

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A resource from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service's Administration on Aging. 

This guide is intended to be a tool to educate you about financial exploitation, provide you with tips on how to stay safe, and direct you to resources in case you need help for yourself or a friend. 



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Fraud Prevention

A tip sheet from the Insured Retirement Institute and the National Retirement Planning Coalition.

Recent research has shattered the traditional concept of the financial fraud victim. Targeted individuals tend to be financially knowledgeable, college educated, have above average income, and are self-reliant when it comes to making decisions. Learn how to protect yourself from common tactics.



Financial Advisor Resources

irisignsofdcIRI Fact Sheet for Advisors: Signs of Diminished Capacity

A tip sheet for financial advisors from the Insured Retirement Institute developed from a report by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, North American Securities Administrators Association, and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

When working with older clients, learn what signs and red flags to look for that could indicate that the client has diminished capacity.    


irisignsofefaIRI Fact Sheet for Advisors: Signs of Financial Elder Abuse

A tip sheet for financial advisors from the Insured Retirement Institute developed from a report by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, North American Securities Administrators Association, and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. 

When working with older clients, learn what signs and red flags to look for that could indicate that the client is a victim of financial elder abuse.     

working-with-the-elder-marketRetirement Income Planning and the Elder Market

A research report by the Insured Retirement Institute. 

This exclusive research report from the Insured Retirement Institute explores the challenges advisors face in conveying pertinent information to older clients, a market segment that is growing in both number and net worth. The report also found that social and family issues take on a greater importance for older investors, often including a variety of aspects related to lifestyle changes in retirement and the participation of family members and others in the decision-making process.  

AnnuitiesAnnuities as a Tool in Financial Management Assistance for Individuals with Cognitive Impairment

A FINRA-reviewed resource by the Insured Retirement Institute, based on an article that appeared in the August 2012 edition of the IRI Insight. 

This article discusses the challenges of cognitive impairment and diminished capacity, and their impact on retirement planning. It also discusses how annuities can be a tool in helping individuals manage their finances in retirement. 

DimCapDiminished Capacity: What Every Financial Services Professional Should Know

A tip sheet for financial advisors from the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) and posted on the SEC website. 

Did you know that 80 percent of perpetrators of elder abuse are family members or someone in a relationship with the victim? This sheet outlines the facts all financial professionals should know about diminished capacity and financial exploitation. 




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