Report Fraud — Don’t Let Others Become Victims
Millions of the smartest and most savvy investors become victims of fraud every year.
We understand that you may feel embarrassed, or concerned what your friends, kids or grandkids may think, if you were a victim of a con artist.
Please don’t feel embarrassed. These bad actors are professional swindlers that use fear, intimidation or charm to take advantage of people of every age, education level and income.
We really need you to do the right thing and report fraud, or suspected fraud, to the appropriate government agency and protect others from becoming victims of the same scheme.
How to Report Scams and Fraud
You have a whole team of state and local agencies dedicated to fighting fraud. Knowing which scams to report to each agency is the first step.
Any scam involving an investment scheme — such as pyramid or Ponzi schemes, oil or gold scams or affinity fraud — or inappropriate investment or insurance products being sold to seniors, should be reported to the Iowa Department of Insurance and Financial Services.
Whether you spot items or services you didn’t receive on your Medicare or Medicaid statements, or if someone tries to steal your Medicare number, SHIIP and Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) can help you if you report scams to them related to Medicare.
Whether you have been a victim of identity theft or a home repair scam, or you received a fake IRS call, the Iowa Attorney General’s Office is your partner for reporting and stopping consumer fraud.
If you are a victim of elder abuse or financial exploitation, even if it unfortunately is a family member (which is all too common), please call the Iowa Department on Aging. Someone from their elder justice and adult protective services program can assist you and help ensure your safety. Their Office of Public Guardian may be able to assist you with your advance care directives and substitute decision-making.