Protect Week

Protect Week
Protecting older Americans from financial exploitation

A devastating statistic is that the average victim of elder financial abuse loses upwards of $120,000. The good news is that there are ways to combat this type of disaster. Recognizing financial abuse as the most common type of elder abuse, and accepting responsibility as a first-line defense, Maryland nonprofit financial counseling agency, CCCSMD and AARP Maryland are leading a statewide awareness campaign in partnership with Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, the Maryland Department of Aging, the Maryland Department of Human Services and a Coalition of state agencies and community partners to “Protect Older Americans from Financial Exploitation” — declared Protect Week. Explore our site to learn how you can protect yourself and your loved ones.


What is Protect Week?

Help Identify Fraud

Protect Week helps identify financial scams that target the elderly and bring them into the spotlight.

Events to Learn

Protect Week is a series of events in the community to learn and engage on the topic of scams aimed at the elderly.

Resources for Safety

Protect Week provides resources to the community to identify and report scams that target our communities.

During Protect Week, Marylanders will have an opportunity to learn about the many forms of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of older adults via the resources of more than a dozen local and national partners including the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, Maryland Office of the Comptroller, Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation, Maryland Department of Aging, CCCSMD, AARP Maryland and AARP Fraud Watch Network, Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, EverSafe and Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition.

Protect Week Articles

Protecting Your Parents from Abuse

One of the most heartbreaking things to learn about is the abuse of older Americans.  When you first hear that this is an issue, it might not resonate with you. At the time, you may have older family members that are in good health and have…

Preventing Elder Abuse and Neglect

Did you know that every day 10,000 people turn 65 in the United States? Our demographics are shifting and we will soon have more older adults in the U.S. than ever before. Every year, an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation and that’s only part of the picture. According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an estimated 93% of elder abuse cases go unreported each year.

Elder Financial Exploitation

Each year, hundreds of cases of financial exploitation of older and vulnerable adults are reported in Maryland.  The results can be devastating — emotionally and financially.  This, however, is estimated to be only a fraction of the thousands of cases that go unreported in our state.  Financial exploitation of seniors can be especially devastating because seniors have fewer, if any years, or employment to make up the funds they have lost to scammers and, in far too many cases, family and “friends.”

Register for Protect Week Events

Elder Abuse Prevention and Intervention through a Trauma-Informed Lens June 7, 2022 1 PM EST

Shining a Light on Elder Safety - June 15, 2022 11 AM EST

Press Conference - June 13, 2022

Tele-Town Hall - June 15, 2022 1:30 PM EST

Eastern Shore Shred Event - June 11, 2022 10 AM - 1 PM EST

Worcester County Library- Ocean Pines Branch

11107 Cathell Rd, Berlin, MD

Howard County Shred Event - June 11, 2022 10 AM - PM EST

Office on Aging and Independence

9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD

Baltimore County Shred Event - June 15, 2022 12 PM - 3 PM EST

Victory Villa Community Center

404 Compass Rd. E, Middle River, MD

Washington County Shred Event - June 16, 2022 9 AM - 12 PM EST

Washington County Commission on Aging

535 East Franklin Street, Hagerstown, MD

Prince George’s County Shred Event - June 17, 2022 10 AM - PM EST

Camp Springs Senior Activity Center

6420 Allentown Rd. Camp Springs, MD

Fredek County Shred Event - June 18, 2022 1 PM - 4 PM EST

Staley Park

11 W 10th St, Frederick, MD

Elder Justic: Keeping Seniors Safe Webinars

Elder Justice: An introduction to health care fraud
Webinar on 6/8 from noon to 1p (Eastern)

Elder Justice: A case study of abuse/neglect
Webinar on 6/15 from noon to 1p (Eastern)

Elder Justice: A case study in health care fraud
Webinar on 6/22 from noon to 1p (Eastern)

Elder Justice: Q&A about health care fraud, abuse, and neglect
Webinar on 6/29 from noon to 1p (Eastern)

FBI Panel Discussion on World Elder Fraud Abuse Awareness

With the elderly population growing and seniors defrauded of more than $3 billion in losses annually, elder fraud is a growing problem. The latest IC3 Elder Fraud 2021 reports that victims over the age of 60 lost $1.7 Billion and the average dollar loss per victim was $18,246! Listen to the panel discussion on world elder fraud abuse awareness on June 15th.

To view the recording, use Access Passcode: 9#+yW#xr


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Suspect You or Someone You Know Are a Victim of Fraud?


In Immediate Danger? Call 9-1-1

Maryland Department of Human Services

Adult Protective Services Program

For victims who lack the physical or mental capacity to provide for themselves, call:
1-800-332-6347 or

Department of Justice

To Report Suspected Abuse, Call the Department of Justice
(833) 372-8311 (or 833-FRAUD11)

Interview with the Comptroller of Maryland Peter Franchot

Comptroller of Maryland, Peter Franchot, answers four questions about PROTECT Week and what it means to him and his organization. Watch as he answers the following:

  1. Why is protecting older Americans from financial exploitation important to you and your organization?
  2. What is your office doing to support the mission of PROTECT Week?
  3. Do you have any first or secondhand experience with financial exploitation that motivates you to participate in PROTECT Week?
  4. Do you have tips you want to share to help older Americans protect themselves from financial abuse?

Message from the
Maryland Attorney General
Brian Frosh

Message from the
Comptroller of Maryland
Peter Franchot

Message from the
Commissioner of Financial Regulation
Antonio P. Salazar (English)

Message from the
Commissioner of Financial Regulation
Antonio P. Salazar (Spanish)

Protect Week is brought to you by the following agencies and organizations

Maryland Office of the Attorney General
Commissioner of Financial Regulation State of Maryland.

Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation,
Maryland Department of Labor

Elder Safe. Charles E. Smith Life Communities.
Maryland Volunteer. Lawyers. Service.

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