US SENATE FOCUSED ON COVID-RELATED SCAMS
OCTOBER 1st IS THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF OLDER PERSONS
Last week, the US Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing entitled “Frauds, Scams, and COVID-19 – How Con Artists Have Targeted Older Americans During the Pandemic.” In addition to remarks describing various state initiatives across the country, the panel received testimony from the FTC Consumer Protection Bureau, the National Consumer Law Center, and an older victim who was defrauded in a romance scam – initiated on Facebook, during the pandemic. The Committee also publicized a special resource for consumers called, aptly, The Fraud Book, which gives information on the ten most common scams and lists aging resources, including hotline numbers.
The Fraud Book US Senate Special Committee on Aging
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In 1990, October 1st was designated the “International Day of Older Persons” by governments around the world. In doing so, the United Nations sought to officially acknowledge the challenges faced by seniors – on a global scale. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Digital Equity for All Ages.” Digitalization has revolutionized our way of life. And although in the US, a 2017 report from Pew found that nearly 70% of Americans 65 or older use the Internet (a significant uptick from 14 percent in 2000) – much of the world lags behind. It is high time to educate older adults on how to use technology, especially in developing countries. Newer technologies can serve as promising tools to address health and the “needs of elderly people living in resource-constrained settings,” according to researchers.