Don’t let it happen again!

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Get estimates before doing home renovations.
  • Do not pay for work in advance.
  • Never do business without checking references.
  • Don’t be afraid to call the police and have them check out the credentials of someone who is working in your area. your behalf, and you don’t understand the
  • actions he or she can take using your name and assets, TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT IT!
  • Always use good financial practices. Use direct deposit. Do not sign blank checks. Never leave money laying around.
  • If you or someone you know has been the victim of elder financial abuse and want to talk confidentially to someone about it, a Adult Protective Services caseworker can help you take steps to alleviate the situation.

Just call:
Illinois Department on Aging
Adult Protective Services Hotline:
1-888-206-1327 (TTY)