Financial exploitation means the illegal, unauthorized, improper, or fraudulent use of an adult’s money, property, or resources. Perpetrators can be family, friends, neighbors or con artists. Financial exploitation can deplete an adult’s life savings, ruin credit history, and leave an adult feeling depressed, anxious, and fearful. Several agencies and organizations can help prevent and stop financial abuse. This page provides information for individuals, community members, and professionals on preventing and reporting adult financial exploitation.