Thursday, November 14, 2013

Senate Subcommitte on Aging launches anti-fraud hotline, senior-friendly website

Via the Senate Special Committee on Aging:

If you or someone you know suspect you’ve been 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.  The hotline was unveiled today to make it easier for senior citizens to report suspected fraud and receive assistance.   It will be staffed by a team of committee investigators weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.  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 http://www.aging.senate.gov/fraud-hotline.  As chairman and ranking member of the committee, Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Susan Collins (R-ME) 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. 


The hotline’s unveiling also coPhoneincides with the committee’s launch of an enhanced senior-friendly website.   The site’s new features include large print, simple navigation and an uncluttered layout that enables seniors to find information more easily and conveniently.  Online visitors can also increase text size, change colors or view a text-only version of the site.  
 
 

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/elder_law/2013/11/senate-subcommitte-on-aging-launches-anti-fraud-hotline-senior-friendly-website.html

Consumer Information, Crimes, Elder Abuse/Guardianship/Conservatorship, Web/Tech | Permalink

TrackBack URL for this entry:

http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341bfae553ef019b0114ed4f970d

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Senate Subcommitte on Aging launches anti-fraud hotline, senior-friendly website: