Committee on Aging Sets Up Toll Free Hotline to Combat Senior Scams – 1-855-303-9470

senior scamsThe U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging has set up a new toll-free hotline to help combat senior scams. The hotline makes it easier for senior citizens to report suspected fraud and receive assistance.åÊ åÊIt will be staffed by a team of committee investigators weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.åÊ 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. 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, located at Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have made consumer protection and fraud prevention a primary focus of the committee‰Ûªs work. ‰ÛÏIf you‰Ûªre contacted about an offer that sounds too good to be true, then it probably is,‰Û Nelson said.åÊ ‰ÛÏThis new hotline will give seniors a resource to turn to for assistance if they think they‰Ûªve been victimized or have questions about fraudulent activities.‰Û The hotline‰Ûªs unveiling also coincides with the committee‰Ûªs launch of an enhanced senior-friendly website.åÊ åÊThe site‰Ûªs new features include large print, simple navigation and an uncluttered layout that enables seniors to find information more easily and conveniently.åÊ Online visitors can also increase text size, change colors or view a text-only version of the site.