Fraud/Scams

What to Look for

Individuals might display these behaviors or signs:

  • Displays sudden attention or affection for the individual.
  • Appears nervous or afraid.
  • Unable to remember signing documents.
  • Isolated from family or other support.
  • Property is transferred or missing.
  • Confusion about transactions or withdrawals.
  • Power of Attorney was given.
  • Sudden change in their appearance.
  • Bank activity changes: withdrawals, transfers or addition of signer. Banking habits change: frequent withdrawals, check writing ceases abruptly, beneficiary revoked/changed and sudden increase in debt.


Why fraud/scam cases continue

  • Difficult to detect.
  • Committed without violence.
  • Victims are vulnerable, intimidated, confused or coerced easily.
  • Victims are embarrassed to report.
  • Victims are not always aware they’re being victimized.
  • Victims conclude there’s nothing they can do to recover their losses and unaware of available help.
  • Neighbor or friend who suspect abuse do not want to get involved.
  • Difficult to prosecute.
  • Victims are often times lonely and the contact with scammers becomes their social life.

Who are the abusers?

  • Family, friends, caregivers, repair person and strangers (mail, phone or cyber).


What can you do?

  • Adult Protective Services can investigate if the vulnerable adult who is age 60 or older; or age 18 and older and has a developmental disability; and who are being abused, neglected or exploited. To make a confidential/anonymous report call the local Adult Protective Services office or go to their website at www.aps.mt.gov.
  • If the Adult Protective criteria is not met, then call law enforcement.

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