Toolkit

TOOLKIT

This page references resources and web links discussed during the June 16 presentation “Physical, Emotional and Financial safety: What you need to know” offered in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

The video and presentation for that event are available here.  [Links will be posted after the event!]

SCAMS AND FRAUD

START WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION (FTC)

 

NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE

 

SENIOR MEDICARE PATROL / SENIOR ACTION COUNCIL

To receive confidential assistance if you suspect or are experiencing elder abuse:

NEW YORK STATE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE
English: 1-800-942-6906    English TTY: 1-800-818-0656
Spanish: 1-800-942-6908    Spanish TTY: 1-800-780-7660

 

PACE WOMEN’S JUSTICE CENTER 

  • Legal Helpline: 914-287-0739

  • Walk in Clinic:   914-422-4188

  • Family Court Legal Program: 914-995-7400  (White Plains)

  • Family Court Legal Program: 914-231-2886  (Yonkers)

 

WESTCHESTER DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE – ELDER ABUSE UNIT

 

(914) 994-1940 

 

 

PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Use an anonymous browser or “incognito” feature of your current browser

Browsers that do NOT collect personal information:

Browsers that provide you the option to open a tab from which data is NOT collected:

  • Chrome “Incognito” window – Go to FILE | NEW INCOGNITO WINDOW

  • Safari – Go to FILE | NEW PRIVATE WINDOW

  • Microsoft Edge – select the Settings and More icon, and then New InPrivate window.

Don’t use obvious passwords (which doesn’t mean they are ones you’ll never remember); consider a passphrase.
Go to https://www.eff.org/dice

Use Two-factor authentication to further secure your passwords.  It’s an extra step that is worth it for your most important data (like your password keeper!)

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Never share personal information over the phone with someone you don’t know. Are they calling from a bank?  Find out which branch.  Do a search for the main number, and call back.

See also FTC resource to block unwanted calls

CHECK THE FACTS

Snopes.com – General news, urban legends, hoaxes, folklore

Factcheck.org (A project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center) – See their Covid Misconceptions page.

Politifact.org (Poynter Institute) – See their articles as well as their regular “truth-o-meter”

Opensecrets.org (Center for responsive Politics) – Reports on the influence of money in US Politics

Look for obvious signs of editing: airbrushing (just a little too perfect?), blurry areas, shadows not in the right place. 

Then see if there is actually an older/different source image – easier than you’d think!

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