Elder Fraud Hotline
Thank you for visiting the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) website. Read the information below carefully to find the best number to call or resource to access for your specific situation.
Fraud Alert: Scammers Claiming to be with OVC
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has received multiple reports that our office’s name is being used as part of an imposter scam targeting individuals throughout the country.
OVC is not making these phone calls.
These scammers falsely represent themselves as OVC employees and attempt to obtain or confirm personal information from the call recipient, such as a social security number, or will ask for money by suggesting the person’s social security number has been compromised. The scammers may call from a local number and provide a “case number,” but it is all a fraud.
We encourage the public to remain vigilant and do not provide personal information during calls in which someone claims to be from OVC or the “OVC Fraud Prevention Unit.” OVC has no such unit.
We also encourage those who have received one of these calls to report this information to us through the OVC Resource Center at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service by email. Individuals may also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission online or by calling 877–FTC–HELP (877–382–4357).
Help for Victims of Crime
If you feel that you are in immediate danger, we strongly urge you to call your local police department’s emergency number (911).
Find other crisis hotlines, including the National Domestic Violence Hotline and Disaster Distress Helpline, on our helpline referral list.
If you are seeking information on victim services, compensation, and assistance available to victims of crime, please consult our web resources:
Help for OVC Grantees
If you are a VOCA grantee and have questions about your grant, please contact your OVC program specialist directly. If you do not know who this is, call 202–307–5983.
If you are a VOCA subgrantee, please contact your state VOCA administrator. Visit OVC’s U.S. Resource Map of Crime Victim Services & Information for contact information.
If you have questions specific to OVC’s initiatives, grants, and programs, contact us at—
810 Seventh Street NW., Second Floor
Washington, DC 20531
You can also search our OVC FAQs database for answers to frequent questions on crime victim-related topics.
Educational Materials and Training
For copies of current and past OVC publications, or for information on victim-related resources, please contact—
OVC Resource Center
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849–6000
Phone: 800–851–3420 or 202–836–6998
Order Publications Online
For information on training and technical assistance available from OVC, contact—
OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031–6050
Phone: 866–OVC–TTAC (866–682–8822)
For more information on criminal justice and crime victimization topics, visit the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, which features—
NCJRS is a federally sponsored information clearinghouse for people who are involved with research, policy, and practice related to crime, victim assistance, substance abuse, and public safety. You can access resources and assistance via—
- NCJRS Abstracts Database—an online searchable database of abstracts, including federal, state, and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, and unpublished research.
- JUSTINFO—the biweekly electronic newsletter covering announcements and recent releases of the NCJRS Federal sponsor agencies, including OVC.
- Information Specialists to answer your questions. Staff can offer referrals, discuss publications, and conduct customized searches for additional resources. Call 800–851–3420 or 202–836–6998.
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