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Looking Out for Fraud

Health Care

Health care related fraud siphons off billions of dollars that could provide much needed services. Fraud can occur in both community and facility health care settings.

Protecting Your Money

Elders are the principle target of con artists, sweepstake fraud schemes, and home repair fraud operators. By some estimates, older persons account for 90% of all fraud victims. Seniors are thought to lose tens of billions of dollars to fraud every year.

Crime and Consumer Fraud

  • Illinois Department on Aging

    • Provides free brochures on how to prevent fraud and avoid being the victim of con games. Contact the Senior HelpLine.

  • Office of the Illinois Attorney General

    • Investigates consumer fraud and crime against the elderly, and provides information on types of fraud and how to prevent them.

    • Consumer Fraud Hotline: 1-800-386-5438; 1-800-964-3013 (TTY).

  • U.S. Postal Service

    • Provides information on types of fraud and how to prevent them.

    • Postal Crime Hotline: 1-800-654-8896.


For more information on preventing fraud, contact the Senior HelpLine.