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Elder Fraud by the Numbers

$2.9 billion: Estimated cost of financial exploitation and fraud for older U.S. adults in 2010.

69: Average age of an investment fraud victim.

2x: The rate at which older women are fraud victims compared to men. Most victims are between 80 and 89 of age, live alone, and need help with either health care or home maintenance issues.

51%: Estimated share of elder fraud committed by strangers. Thirty-four percent of fraud is committed by family, friends or neighbors. The business sector accounts for 12 percent.

84%: Estimated share of victims who do not report elder fraud because they are embarrassed or ashamed.

SOURCES: MetLife Mature Market Institute, AARP Foundation, Investor Protection Trust.

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