Scam Alert: When the Caregiver is a Crook

Posted on 05/24/22

There’s nothing more important than knowing that your loved one is being properly cared for. Unfortunately, some of those tasked with providing this care take advantage of the opportunity to line their own pockets.

Here are three things you can do to safeguard your loved one from financial exploitation.

Regularly check in with both the caregiver and the care recipient to ensure the quality of care. Use technology to be present even when you physically can’t be. Keep an inventory of valuables and have a system for monitoring financial transactions. If you suspect caregiver fraud or theft, contact the police and your local Adult Protective Services agency. Or contact the U.S. Department of Justice’s elder fraud hotline at 833-372-8311.

Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network at or call the AARP Fraud Watch Helpline at 1-877-908-3360.

This story is provided by AARP Maine. Visit the AARP Maine page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

More from AARP in Augusta

Upcoming AARP Events

View All AARP Events »

Find information about getting a COVID-19 vaccine in your state. CDC information is available at; additional AARP information and resources are at En español, visite

AARP Member Card

Join or Renew Today


  • Immediate access to your member benefits
  • Discounts on travel and everyday savings
  • Subscription to the award-winning AARP The Magazine
  • An ally on the issues that matter most to you in Augusta
  • Free membership for your spouse or partner