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PREVENTION STEPS: Take action to protect yourself.

    1. Limit phone calls from strangers.
      1. Do not accept calls from any person you do not know. Use caller ID, and don’t answer if you don’t recognize the number. Studies show that consumers who answer unsolicited calls are much more likely to be scammed than those who don’t.
      2. As a precaution, put all your phone numbers on the Do Not Call Registry. Call 888-382-1222 or visit www.donotcall.gov,. But don’t expect all calls to stop, especially from determined scammers.
      3. If necessary, get an unlisted telephone number.
    2. Never give out personal information to strangers in response to texts, emails, or calls, regardless of who they claim to be or where they claim to be calling from.
    3. Never wire money to strangers under any circumstances, regardless of who they claim to be or how urgent the situation.
    4. Review your financial account statements at least monthly and contact your financial institution, credit card issuer, or other provider immediately if you see unauthorized charges or other issues.
    5. Monitor your credit report at least annually. Visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call 877-322-8228. You can get one report from each of the three bureaus free each year.
    6. Consider enlisting a trusted family member or reputable bill-paying service. Consult your local Area Agency on Aging for help with routine payments.
    7. Use caution when utilizing joint accounts as a method of planning for incapacity or getting help with paying your bills. Both parties are equal owners and have equal access. Talk to your financial institution, attorney, or your local Area Agency on aging to learn about all your options for assistance with your finances.
    8. Execute a power of attorney only if you can appoint an agent you trust completely and only after consultation with an attorney. Be aware of gifting clauses in power of attorney documents. You can and should limit the power you give your agent. Only grant authority that is absolutely necessary.
    9. Never convey or quitclaim an interest in real estate without consulting an attorney.
    10. Use a document shredder for all discarded paperwork and credit card offers.
    11. Remember, there’s no such thing as a sure thing. It is illegal to participate in foreign lotteries. You can’t win a contest you didn’t enter. That windfall you’ve been promised is a scam. Don’t be a victim!

Reporting and Referral Contacts – Southern Nevada

Any person in immediate danger: 911With or without consent (Reporting):

Elder Protective Services
Las Vegas/Clark County – (702) 486-6930

  • Law Enforcement

LVMPD – (702) 828-3111

LVMPD Toll Free – (800) 492-6565

  • Nevada Securities Division

LVMPD – (702) 486-2440

Legal Services for the ElderlySouthern Legal Aid Center – (702) 386-1070

Southern Senior Law Program – (702) 229-6596

Clark County Family Law – (702) 455-1500

Nevada Legal Services – (702) 386-0404

Nevada Div. for Aging Services – (702) 486-3545

Domestic Violence

Safe Nest Shelfter (Las Vegas) – (702) 877-0133

Shade Tree Shelter (Las Vegas) – (702) 385-0072

Sexual Assault

Local Hotline – (702) 366-1640

Reporting and Referral Contacts – Northern Nevada

Any person in immediate danger: 911
With or without consent (Reporting):Elder Protective Services Statewide – (888) 729-0571

  • Law Enforcement

Reno – (775) 334-2121

Email: askrpd@reno.gov

  • Nevada Legal Services

(702) 486-2440

Legal Services for the ElderlyDisability Advocacy/Law Center – (888) 349-3843

Legal Aid [Reno/norhtern rural] – (775) 334-3050

Washoe Co. Legal Services – (775) 329-2727

Nevada Divison for Aging Services – Reno

[Churchill, Pershing, Washoe Co’s] – (775) 688-2694

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

Committee to Aid Abused Women – (775) 329-4150

Network Against Dom. Violence – (775) 828-1115

Advocates to End Com. Violence – (775) 884-1886

Elko, NV – (775) 738-9454

Winnemucca, NV – www.winnemuccadvs.org