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Home >> Solve a Problem >> Consumer Issues
 

Fraud & Crimes Against Seniors

Bullet The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office's Web site offers valuable advice to prevent crimes targeting seniors:
bulletHome burglary, purse snatch & avoiding false friends
bulletPersonal relationships, caretaker fraud
bulletTelemarketing fraud
bulletFraudulent charities
bulletRe-victimizing fraud victims
bulletLiving trust frauds
bulletPyramid & Ponzi fraud
bulletRepair fraud
bulletHealth fraud
bulletIdentity theft
bulletStaged auto accidents
bulletReal estate fraud

You can reach the District Attorney Web site at:
http://da.co.la.ca.us/seniors/crimes.htm 
This page also provides links to useful consumer information sites.  up arrow to top of page

Bullet Contractors State License Board
bullet1(800) 321-2752
bulletCall before you hire a contractor or sign a contract for home repair.
bulletCall for general advice or a free publication.
bulletCall to verify the information provided by the bidding contractor.
bulletCall to check on a contractor's license and bond status.
bulletIf you need to file a complaint, call and ask for a copy of 
"A consumer guide to filing construction complaints"
and the complaint form.
bulletVisit the Web site at: 
http://www.cslb.ca.gov
  up arrow to top of page

Bullet State of California Department of Insurance
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1(800) 927-HELP
T.D.D. 1(800) 482-4TDD
L.A. Area and Out of State:
(213) 897-8921

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Call for information on:
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Automobile insurance

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Life insurance
If you are considering any changes, call for a helpful booklet before you make a decision.  up arrow to top of page

Bullet Identity Theft and Privacy Guides

Extensive information on Identity theft and privacy rights can 
be found on these Web sites:

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The Federal Trade Commission
Identity Theft Web site
Very comprehensive information and advice to help identity theft victims.

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The U.S. Government Central Web site
for information about identity theft.

bulletPrivacy Rights Clearinghouse   up arrow to top of page


Bullet Bet Tzedek Legal Services

Bet Tzedek (The House of Justice) offers many services services to assist seniors at risk:

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Protecting nursing home patients' rights

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Long Term Care issues

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Conservatorships & Guardianships

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Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care & Finances

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Patients' rights and quality of care

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Elder abuse and neglect

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Challenging substandard housing conditions

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Preventing home equity fraud against the elderly

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Consumer fraud

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Unlawful debt collection

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Wage claims

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Defending the rights of the disabled

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Obtaining reparations for Holocaust survivors

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Assisting Alzheimer's patients and their families

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Homebound service

No legal information is given over the phone. For more information go to the Bet Tzedek Web site . The site offer many links to other valuable Web sites related to consumer protection when you click on Helpful Links. up arrow to top of page

Bullet Federal Trade Commission Consumer Protection

http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/consumer.htm
Uncle Sam's consumer portal offers a host of primers on solving problems, plus an online complaint form.  up arrow to top of page

Bullet Better Business Bureau

http://www.bbb.org/
Check with the BBB for company reports, consumer tips, and information on local chapters.  up arrow to top of page

Bullet Consumer World's Consumer Agencies and Organizations

ConsumerWorld offers dozens of links to watchdog groups, both public and private.  up arrow to top of page

 

Inside This Page

Useful Resources:
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Los Angeles District
  Attorney Consumer Fraud
  & Crimes against seniors
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Contractors State
  License Board
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State of California
  Department of Insurance
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Identity theft & privacy
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Bet Tzedek Legal Services
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Federal Trade Commission
 
Consumer Guides
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Better Business Bureau
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Consumer World guide to
  consumer agencies

Useful Links

bullet Filing a crime report
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Police Departments in
 
Los Angeles County
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L.A. District Attorney
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L.A. City Attorney
bullet Smarter Seniors Forums

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