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Senior citizens are often targeted by scam artists. These publications are meant to help keep older Americans from becoming victims.

The National Crime Prevention Council has several publications written specifically for senior citizens on the crime prevention topics most relevant to them. Read the following publications to learn what you can do to avoid becoming a victim of crime. All documents available online are in Adobe PDF format.

Seniors and Telemarketing Fraud 101

If you're a senior, you may find yourself bombarded with telephone calls from telemarketers offering you everything from "fantastic investment opportunities" to home repairs (for an unbelievably low price).  This booklet is designed to help you sort through these telemarketing offers so you can recognize which offers are on the up-and-up and which are probably scams.  It will also tell you about a variety of things you can do if you get one of these calls, including the simplest thing of all - just hanging up.  Download this booklet (600 KB).

Charitable Giving Done Wisely

Research shows the seniors donate to charities often. Find out ways you can donate wisely. Download this short document (60 KB).

"Urgent and Confidential" - the Nigerian Letter Scam

The Nigerian letter scam has been around for decades and is circulated via letter, email, and fax. Read how you can make sure you don't fall victim to this scam. Download this short document (58 KB).

Avoiding Investment Fraud

Fraudsters lie and twist the truth, whether by "guaranteeing" high rates of return or low risks, or by selling a product that is clearly inappropriate for the investor.  In some cases, the scammer talks people into investing in a product that does not even exist.  By following the tips in this fact sheet, you probably won't fall victim to these schemes.  Download this short document (65 KB).

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