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New anti-fraud hotline launched to assist seniors

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New anti-fraud hotline launched to assist seniors

Suspect you’ve been victim of a scam or fraud aimed at seniors, or know someone who has?

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The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging has set up a new toll-free hotline to help.

The hotline was unveiled in November, according to a news release issued by the Senate Special Committee on Aging, to make it easier for senior citizens to report suspected fraud and receive assistance. It is staffed by a team of committee investigators weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.

The hotline’s unveiling also coincides 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.

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