Nov 15, 2019
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), the federal agency that administers the Crime Victims Fund, has received multiple reports that its name is being used as part of an imposter scam targeting individuals throughout the country.
Be alert for calls from anyone representing themselves as an OVC employee or being from the “OVC Fraud Prevention Unit.” The OVC has no such unit.
These scammers are calling from local numbers and may suggest your social security number has been compromised and even provide a “case number,” but it is a fraud. Do not give them any of your personal information — and do not send them money.
If you receive one of these calls, report it to the OVC Resource Center at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service at 800-851-3420. You may also file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Team at the contact information below or with the Federal Trade Commission online or by calling 877-382-4357.
Remember: Most cases of elder abuse go undetected. Don’t assume that someone has already reported a suspicious situation. To report suspected abuse in the community, contact Adult Protective Services (APS). If you or someone you know is in a life threatening situation or immediate danger, contact 911 or the local police or sheriff.
24/7 APS Hotline
Muskegon County APS Office
Ottawa County APS Office
Oceana County APS Office
To report suspected abuse in a nursing home or long-term care facility, call 1-800-882-6006
STATE ELDER LOCATOR
275 W. Clay Ave., Suite 100
Muskegon, Michigan 49440
Monday - Friday:
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The SafeSeniors collaborative works to identify, advocate, and seek justice for adult victims of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation within the Muskegon, Ottawa and Oceana counties of Michigan.
You can report any known or possible abuse at any time by calling the 24-hour hotline at 1-855-444-3911.
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