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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Senate opens hotline for reporting frauds and scams aimed at seniors

Do you suspect that you or someone you know has been the victim of a scam or fraud aimed at seniors?  The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging has set up a new toll-free hotline to help. Anyone with information about suspected fraud can call the toll-free fraud hotline at 1-855-303-9470, or contact the committee through its website.  The hotline is staffed by a team of committee investigators, Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm EST.

The hotline, which opened in November, was created to make it easier for seniors and their caregivers to report suspected fraud and receive assistance. The investigators, who have experience with investment scams, identity theft, bogus sweepstakes and lottery schemes, Medicare and Social Security fraud, and a variety of other senior exploitation issues, will directly examine complaints and, if appropriate, refer them to the proper authorities. 

Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are chairman and ranking member of the Senate special committee and have made consumer protection and fraud prevention a primary focus of the committee’s work.  This year the panel has held hearings examining Jamaican lottery scams, tax-related identity theft, Social Security fraud and payday loans impact on seniors.   

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