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Seniors can call new hotline to report scam, abuse


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SEBRING -A new, toll-free hotline has bene set up to help seniors who have become victims of a scam or fraud.

The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging unveiled the hotline Nov. 14.

The toll-free number will make it "easier for senior citizens to report suspected fraud and receive assistance. It will be staffed by a team of committee investigators weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.," states a news release.

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."

Call the fraud hotline at 1-855-303-9470, or contact the committee through its website, www.aging.senate.gov/fraud-hotline.

The hotline's unveiling also coincides with the committee's launch of an "enhanced senior-friendly website," the news release states.

"The site's new features include large print, simple navigation and an uncluttered layout that enables seniors to find information more easily and conveniently. Online visitors can also increase text size, change colors or view a text-only version of the site," the news release adds.

To view the new website, visit www.aging.senate.gov.

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