David Y. Ige | ATG PRESS RELEASE: HAWAII’S ATTORNEY GENERAL JOINS COALITION OF 47 LAWYERS GENERAL DEMANDING CONGRESS SUPPORT FOR FRAUD AND SCAM REDUCTION ACT
ATG PRESS RELEASE: HAWAII’S ATTORNEY GENERAL JOINS COALITION OF 47 LAWYERS GENERAL DEMANDING CONGRESS SUPPORT FOR FRAUD AND SCAM REDUCTION ACT
Posted on May 28, 2021 in Latest News, Press Room
HONOLULU – Hawaii Attorney General Clare E. Connors has joined a coalition of 47 attorneys general urging congressional leaders to support the Fraud and Scam Reduction Act. This legislation, which includes the Stop Senior Scam Act and the Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of 2021, will help stakeholders train employees to recognize the warning signs of elder fraud and prevent irreversible harm to elderly victims.
“Too often our seniors become the target of unscrupulous con artists trying to cheat them for the hard earned savings they need to survive,” Attorney General Connors said. “We need to use all available resources to prevent these types of crimes and build stronger partnerships with businesses and other entities that can help with data collection and education.”
Law HR 1215 is bipartite legislation that will provide innovative ways to tackle the financial abuse of older people. The legislation will establish the Senior Scam Prevention Advisory Group that will be accountable to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The group will collect data generated by stakeholders such as retailers, financial services and wire transfer companies to help educate employees on how to identify and prevent scams targeting seniors. The group will develop training and education materials for employees best suited to identify the warning signs of elder fraud.
The act also creates the Office for the Prevention of Fraud Targeting Seniors within the FTC’s Office of Consumer Protection, which will complement the efforts of the Senior Advisory Group on Fraud Prevention by:
- Monitor emerging scams targeting seniors through the Internet, mail, robocalls, telemarketing and television;
- Disseminate information on common fraud schemes; and
- Share information on how to report suspicious scams to a senior to a national fraud hotline and to the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network.
The FTC will also work with the United States Attorney General’s office to register and track victim complaints and pass the information to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
Attorney General Connors joined with the following state attorneys general in signing the letter: Florida, New York, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
A copy of the letter can be found here.
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