Social Distancing, Self-Isolation, Quarantine, all good ideas to flatten the curve of the coronavirus. But if you are already a socially isolated older adult, already susceptible to fraud or abuse, we need you to be extra vigilant right now. There may be individuals who use this uncertain time as a means to defraud and frighten.
Reach out– Keep in contact with a trusted other, know their phone number and check in with them
· In a life threatening emergency call 911.
· Contact us at the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) for general inquiries and referrals to local reporting resources: 1 (855)-500-3537 (ELDR).
· Contact the Elder Care Locator for home delivered meals and other services near you: 1 (800) 677-1116.
· Contact the National Elder Fraud Hotline if you or someone you know has experienced elder fraud: 1 (833)-732-8311.
· Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying that have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
· Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores.
· If you come across any suspicious claims, report them to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.
Many people are coming together during this national emergency to provide assistance. We are here to help you.
The NCEA Team