Every year, thousands of seniors are financially exploited by family members, caregivers and others. But you can help put a stop to elder fraud. Pay attention if a senior seems afraid of his or her guardian or if a caregiver prevents a charge from speaking for him- or herself. And be suspicious if the elder has recently authorized a new power of attorney, is unusually reluctant to discuss financial matters or seems unwilling to handle basic tasks such as paying bills. It may be necessary to gain access to financial records to confirm your suspicions. If warranted, notify the authorities.