Financial Scams

As seniors try to spend their retirement money, con artists are creating schemes to prey on their wealth. Seniors are thought to have a significant amount of money sitting in the bank, and financial scams on them are now considered the “crime of the 21st century”.

These types of scams often go unreported or can be difficult to prosecute, so they’re considered low-risk crimes. However, they can be devastating to many and leave them in a very vulnerable position.

Learn about the top 10 financial scams seniors face: National Council on Aging

Print out our fliers on Financial Scams and Exploitation:


Scam Flyer (PDF)

(SPANISH) Scam Flyer (PDF)





Financial Exploitation Flyer (PDF)


Ways to Avoid Fraud

  • Know who you’re dealing with
  • Know that wiring money is like sending cash
  • Read your monthly bank statements
  • Only give to established charities
  • Talk to your doctor before buying health products
  • Remember there’s no sure thing in investing
  • Don’t send money to someone you don’t know
  • Don’t agree to deposit a check and wire money back
  • Don’t reply to messages asking for personal or financial information
  • Don’t play a foreign lottery



Learn about current scams in Pasco/Pinellas County: SCAMS IN OUR AREA