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WHATA consumer program educating older adults about how to recognize senior scams, how to report fraud and how to protect themselves.
WHYTo protect seniors from becoming victims of scams and fraud through awareness and education.
WHEREFraud Fighters.
Attorney General’s Office. AARP.
Washington State, USA.

Program Description

“Research suggests that seniors are less likely than other consumer age groups to report becoming victims. Sometimes they are too afraid or embarrassed to tell anyone they have lost their money. In some cases, they do not even realize they were victimized.”

The Fraud Fighter Call Center is a scam reporting hotline 1-877-908-3360 with trained volunteers.

Volunteers provide older adults with tips and resources to protect themselves from fraud and elder financial abuse. Seniors can also be provided with referrals and helpful information which can be sent out to them.

Common senior scams include:

  • Identity Theft.
  • Relative in Need or Grandparent Scam.
  • Foreign Lottery.
  • Home Improvement Scams.
  • Internet Scams.
  • Investment Scams.
  • Living Trust Scams.
  • Sweepstakes Scams.
  • Travel Scams.

AARP hosts a Scam Jam in Washington, a multi-day consumer education event featuring expert speakers on fraud schemes.

The Fraud Fighter Call Center works and coordinates with
the Federal Trade Commission, the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, the Washington State Crime Prevention Association, the Better Business Bureau, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

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