Casey bill would establish federal advisory group to prevent senior scams

Casey bill would establish federal advisory group to prevent senior scams

The Capitol Building in Harrisburg. Tired of ads? Subscribers enjoy a distraction-free reading experience. Click here to subscribe today or Login . Keller DeFoor Wolf WILKES-BARRE — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, this week held a hearing entitled, “Frauds, Scams and COVID-19: How Con Artists Have Targeted Older Americans During the Pandemic.” The hearing examined how the coronavirus pandemic created new opportunities for fraudsters to take advantage of older Americans, both through the proliferation of scams generally, and the rise of COVID-specific scams. Chairman Casey, D-Scranton, highlighted his bipartisan Stop Senior Scams Act, which would establish a federal advisory group tasked with preventing scams on older Americans. Casey also released the 2021 Fraud Book, a compendium of reports to the Aging Committee’s fraud hotline. “Due to the pandemic, many seniors isolated themselves in an effort to avoid contracting the virus, but in the process were cut off from friends and family,” Casey said. “This made them more vulnerable to fraudsters, who preyed on the fear and uncertainty surrounding the disease, as well as the loneliness and isolation that resulted from the pandemic. “This is why I reintroduced the Stop Senior Scams Act, which would ensure banks and other businesses have the information and tools they need to train employees to spot and speak up about possible senior scams. In addition, the Aging Committee’s annual Fraud Book provides helpful tips on how older Americans can avoid being scammed. It is critical that […]

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