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Taking Action: Victim Recovery Checklists Provide Critical Information to Victims of Financial Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 24, 2015
Contact: Tara Ballesteros  tballesteros@ncvc.org – 202-467-8743

WASHINGTON, DC - The National Center for Victims of Crime and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation have created a series of checklists to help combat the devastating effects of financial crime and to provide individuals with critical information and resources.

The free checklists, released in recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, target the four major areas of financial fraud, including identity theft, investment fraud, mortgage and lending fraud, and mass marketing and other fraud.  Available online, Taking Action: Victim Recovery Checklists complement Taking Action: An Advocate’s Guide to Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud and provide the latest resources and prevention tips for victims.

A recent research report issued by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation found that nearly two thirds of self-reported financial fraud victims experienced at least one non-financial cost of fraud to a serious degree—including severe stress, anxiety, difficulty sleeping and depression.

“The Checklists are an extremely valuable tool for victims of financial fraud to navigate the path to recovery,” commented Gerri Walsh, President of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. “While many financial fraud victims never get their money back, the true costs of fraud are measured by more than dollars. We’ve developed easy-to-use, accessible materials that provide victims step-by-step guidance to help repair the damage, both financial and non-financial.” 

“We are pleased to offer these Checklists for mass consumption in an effort to assist individuals who have been defrauded,” noted Jane Lee, Director of the Financial Crime Resource Center, a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime.

The Taking Action: Victim Recovery Checklists also offer prevention tips as well as the contact information for the appropriate agencies to report fraudulent activity.  To access the Checklists go to the Financial Crime Resource Center at www.VictimsofCrime.org  and for additional fraud-fighting tools please visit the FINRA Foundation at www.SaveAndInvest.org/FraudCenter.

Additionally FINRA has launched the toll-free FINRA Securities Helpline for SeniorsTM to provide older investors with a supportive place to get assistance from knowledgeable FINRA staff related to concerns they have with their brokerage accounts and investments.  Senior investors can call FINRA's new toll-free FINRA Securities Helpline for Seniors (844-57-HELPS or 844-574-3577) from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

 

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The FINRA Investor Education Foundation supports innovative and educational projects that give underserved Americans the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for financial success throughout life. For details about grant programs and other FINRA Foundation initiatives, visit www.finrafoundation.org.

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The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. For more than 25 years, the National Center has led this nation’s struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives.