Attorneys general play a significant role in keeping the most vulnerable members of our society safe, including older adults who are often targeted by scammers and other bad actors.

Scams and Fraud 

Individuals over the age of 60 are often targeted by scammers as older adults tend to have more accumulated wealth, are more likely to live alone, and may have medical conditions that make them easier targets for perpetrators. Information on common scams and how to report them are available at

Elder Abuse 

The National Council on Aging estimates that 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 60 have experienced elder abuse. Elder abuse can include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect by a caregiver. For more information on elder abuse examples, visit Elder Justice 101.


There are several national agencies dedicated to preventing elder abuse. To learn more, visit our Elder Justice Resources or Long-Term Care Facilities page.

In 2018, Kansas Attorney General then-NAAG President Derek Schmidt dedicated his presidential initiative to elder justice. Learn more about actions taken during the 2018 Presidential Initiative on Elder Justice.

For more information on state attorneys general work around elder justice issues, visit the NAAG Elder Justice Committee page 

Courses and Trainings

Policy Letters

  • Consumer Protection
  • Elder Justice

NAAG Endorses Fraud and Scam Reduction Act

H.R. 1215 provides much needed education and training for the employees most likely to be able to detect and report elder fraud and scams. The bill also provides a mechanism for vigorous monitoring of elder fraud, provides information on such schemes to the public, and coordinates reporting with law enforcement authorities. For these reasons, we strongly urge the Senate to take action and pass H.R. 1215.

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  • Elder Justice
  • Victim Assistance

NAAG Endorses Edith’s Bill

Throughout the country, attorneys general are fighting senior fraud and abuse. In 2019, several state attorneys general partnered with the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal partners to conduct the largest-ever nationwide elder fraud sweep against perpetrators who had repeatedly targeted seniors, resulting in losses of over $750 million.

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