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Sens. Collins and McCaskill Announce Continuation of Aging Committee Fraud Hotline

Fighting Fraud Targeted to Seniors to be Among Committee’s Priorities


WASHINGTON, DC-- The recently-elected Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Senators Susan Collins and Claire McCaskill, respectively, announced that they have continued the seniors’ fraud hotline that was launched by the Committee in 2013.

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 Aging Committee created the hotline to provide a resource for seniors and their loved ones to report suspected fraud. The phone is staffed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Committee staff include a team of investigators who examine complaints and, if appropriate, refer them to the proper authorities. 

            Since its inception, the hotline has proven to be a valuable resource to seniors, and has alerted Aging Committee Members and staff investigators about new and emerging fraud schemes.

            Senator Collins said, “It is a high priority of the Aging Committee to continue its focus on scams targeting seniors, such as the Jamaican lottery phone scam that we exposed in the last Congress. Our hearing on this nefarious scheme resulted in the Jamaican government passing new laws targeting the scammers and several arrests were made.  It is my hope that the Committee’s fraud hotline will continue to be a valuable resource for seniors and their loved ones to report suspected fraud.”

Senator McCaskill said, “I learned as Missouri’s State Auditor that the public can be a powerful ally in combating fraud. And our fraud hotline is a valuable tool for seniors—giving them a direct line to investigators and helping us combat scammers and fraudsters. Protecting seniors and all consumers against fraud is one of our most urgent priorities, and I’m looking forward to continuing that work in the new Congress.”

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