The Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office is committed to protecting the elderly and vigorously prosecuting those who would scam and harm senior citizens.
The Elder Fraud Unit realizes that along with the pleasures of growing older and having more leisure time, senior citizens are also vulnerable to certain crimes. Some criminals prey on seniors, who often have more assets, are more willing to trust others, and may be vulnerable because of loneliness or diminishing physical or mental faculties. Criminals may attempt to exploit the trust of a senior citizen by stealing their money, or physically abusing, or neglecting them.
The Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office is committed to fighting elder fraud and improving the quality of life for seniors. The Elder Fraud Unit is specially-trained and dedicated to prosecute financial crimes against the elderly.
The most effective line of defense against elder fraud is seniors themselves, followed by their families. By resisting high-pressure sales tactics, taking time to make decisions, and - most importantly - discussing personal matters with trusted friends and loved ones, seniors can often prevent many forms of elder fraud.
If you suspect someone is attempting to victimize you or a senior you know, please contact the Adult Protective Services Hotline at 1-800-252-5400, or online at Texas Abuse Hotline website. You can also contact your local law enforcement agency.
- Banking activity that is inconsistent with the senior's habits, such as unusually large withdrawals or ATM use
- Financial statements that seem unusual or suspicious
- Checks written out of their numerical order
- Signature that seems unusual or suspicious
- Abrupt or unexplained change in durable power of attorney
- Allegations of missing funds from a senior's account
- Sudden increases in credit card activity or a flurry of bounced checks
- Cancel all credit cards you are not using
- Never keep the Personal Identification Number (PIN) for your ATM card in your wallet. If you need to write it down, be sure to keep it in a secure place.
- Never give your credit card or ATM cards to a family member or friend to buy things for you. Whenever possible, give them cash or reimburse them with a check.
- Try to balance your checkbook, or have your bank or a trusted family member or friend do it for you on a monthly basis. Immediately inform your bank or credit card companies of any activity that does not appear to be your own.
- Report financial abuse to Adult Protective Services by calling 1-800-252-5400 or online at www.txabusehotline.org. You can also contact your local law enforcement agency.
- Review your credit report. You are entitled to a free credit report each year from the credit reporting agencies.
- A.A.C.O.G. Bexar Area Agency on Aging: 210-362-5561
- Adult Protective Services: 1-800-252-5400
- Alzheimer's Association Help Line: 1-800-272-3900
- Attorney General's Office/Consumer Protection: 210-224-1007
- Better Business Bureau: 210-828-9441
- Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center: 210-335-2128
- Catholic Charities: 210-222-1294
- Christian Assistance Ministries: 210-223-4099
- City of San Antonio Customer Call Center: 311
- Food Bank of San Antonio: 210-337-3663
- San Antonio Housing Authority (S.A.H.A.): 210-477-6262
- SA Metropolitan Health District: 210-207-8730
- United Way Help Line: 211
- Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE): 1-877-894-8463
- Community Law Center: 210-271-9595
- Wills Clinic: 210-212-3740
- San Antonio Bar Association, Lawyer Referral: 210-227-1853
- Legal Aid Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid/San Antonio: 210-212-3700