The Onondaga County Elder Identity Theft Coalition (OCEITC) is a collaborative partnership between Vera House, Syracuse Jewish Family Service, Onondaga County Department of Adult and Long Term Care Services, Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office, and Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, with the support of several other community agencies. This Coalition was formed in 2019, with funding received from the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, under the National Identity Theft Assistance Network (NITVAN) grant project. The OCEITC is focused on identity theft, scams, and the financial exploitation of older adults.
According to the Javelin 2019 Identity Fraud Study, 14.4 million people were victims of identity theft in 2018. Identity theft, scams, and financial exploitation are an increasing crisis, both nationwide and in our CNY community. Although identity theft and scams can affect anyone, older adults are particularly vulnerable and the consequences can be especially devastating.
Our goals are to:
- Increase community awareness of the problem through training and outreach
- Help individuals avoid being victimized and assist with recovery if they have become so
The Coalition meets monthly, collaborating on identifying gaps in services, solutions to address those gaps, and resource development to aid victim service providers and organizations engaging victims of identity theft.
Free presentations are available to the community and professionals. To learn more about what this Coalition does, or for resources, click on the links below.
For more information; to order magnets, rack cards or decision trees; or to request a free presentation, email our ID Theft and Outreach Coordinator or call (315) 425-0818 ext. 2219.
This web page was produced by the OCEITC under award #2016-XV-GX-K004, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this web page are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.