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WebsiteCompass 7 The internet is filled with useful resources to help you get educated on how to avoid elder financial abuse. Here are a few to get you started. Online Resources Provide Powerful Knowledge The Elder Abuse Resource Roadmap This tool, provided by the DOJ, enables you to determine the correct reporting agency by identifying who caused you (or someone you know) financial loss and what happened. Begin the journey at justice.gov/elderjustice/roadmap. Investor.gov > Seniors This page is an excellent place to get dozens of resources that can help, starting with a phone number to reach the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy. You’ll find information on a wide range of topics, and those who care about seniors can read about managing someone else’s money. Visit investor.gov/additional-resources/ information/seniors. DOJ > Financial Exploitation This site is another useful starting point for getting educated about how to stay safe. You can read up on some of the most common scams affecting older adults, including those involving taxes, lotteries, dating, and tech support. You’ll also find opportunities to get involved, including guides for preventing elder financial abuse, managing someone else’s money, and working with law enforcement to make your community safer. Visit justice.gov/elderjustice/financial-exploitation. AARP > Scams & Fraud Go to aarp.org/money/scams-fraud to find numerous articles and other resources about common criminal tactics, how to protect yourself when donating to charities, the latest scams going around, how specific types of scams work, and what law enforcement is doing to reduce these crimes. Learn About the Elder Justice Initiative According to its website (justice.gov/ elderjustice), the Elder Justice Initiative’s mission is to support and coordinate the DOJ’s enforcement and efforts to combat elder abuse, neglect, and financial fraud and scams that target older adults. Visit the site to learn how the initiative is supporting federal law enforcement activities, providing support to older victims, enhancing state and local elder justice efforts, and raising public awareness. You can also read up on the latest cases. Here are a few of the specific resources you’ll find: • Information about cases the DOJ has pursued, such as CARES Act and COVID-19 fraud schemes • The Elder Justice Neighborhood Map to help you locate state-specific resources • Information about the Elder Justice AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship Program • A link to the Elder Abuse Prosecutor video series • Ready-made community presentations that include PowerPoint slides, instructor manuals, and handouts The site includes handy share links and a Spanish version.