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Use these resources to help older adults and their caregivers navigate some of the important decisions that can affect later-life financial security. Browse guides and information to help older adults make sound financial decisions, protecting savings and assets, and other financial challenges.
Step-by-step guide for how to help prevent identity theft or how to deal with it if you are a victim. Identity theft is a serious crime. It can hurt your credit, leave you stuck with bills that aren’t yours, and create problems that could haunt you for years. Someone who has stolen your identity might be able to empty your bank account, use your credit cards, open up new utility accounts in your name, get medical treatment on your health insurance, file a tax refund in your name and get your refund, or give your name and information to police during an arrest.
The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s office currently participates in the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement Crime. Effective July 1982, the State of Louisiana established a program for the payment of compensation to the victims of certain crimes. The law, known as the Crime Victims Reparations Act, created the Crime Victims Reparations Board and established the Crime Victims Reparations Fund. The Board administers the Act’s provisions and awards payments from the fund. Income for the fund is composed primarily of monies paid as costs levied on criminal court costs. Funds are supplemented by a federal grant, court-ordered restitution from criminal, donations and interests.
Identity theft occurs when someone uses personal identifying information - including your name, Social Security number, address, bank number/credit card number - without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes. The crime of identity theft can take many forms including obtaining credit cards in your name without your permission, or charging something on your credit card without your permission. You may not know you are a victim of identity theft until you are contacted by a debt collector.
With at least a third of its members’ enforcement actions involving senior investors, North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) provides resources for senior investors, family caregivers, the securities industry, and policymakers. Visit the interactive map to contact your state or provincial securities regulator and to find other resources for seniors.