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Senate launches anti-fraud hotline for seniors

Posted by: Alejandra Matos under Seniors Updated: January 20, 2014 - 3:58 PM

Seniors who continue to receive scam calls about medical alert systems and other dubious offers can report them to a new anti-fraud hotline, launched by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging last last year.

Although seniors can still report the calls to the Federal Trade Commission, the Senate’s hotline was established to make it easier for seniors to report fraud, especially for those who many not know which federal or state agency to contact.

Last week, the FTC announced it obtained a temporary restraining order against a Florida company that made mass robocalls claiming to offer free medical alerts. Whistleblower readers report that the calls continue.

The hotline 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,” the aging committee said in November.

The hotline number is 1-855-303-9470.


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