Today marks "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day" and the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation wants to make sure people throughout the state are prepared and aware of the dangers involved with elder abuse.
The group estimates the issue costs U.S. victims nearly $3 billion a year.
They said you can receive free educational booklets from the State of Maine called the "Downeaster Common Sense Guide to Elder Financial Protection" and the "Downeaster Gone Phishing Guide."
"The information in the book is essential. In the elder financial protection guide it walks people through a number of sources that they need to use like the do not call list, the do not mail list, phone numbers for the Maine Office of Securities, there's also an office called adult protective services, there's a 800 number in there. That's the prime player in the State of Maine if somebody feels like they've been exploited financially if they are a senior." said david Leach, MPA, Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection.
The booklets are open to people of all ages.
More information on how to get those at maine.gov.