Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release


August 19, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Attorney General Bondi Offers Consumer Tips for Senior Citizens Day
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Sunday is National Senior Citizens Day and Attorney General Pam Bondi is urging older Floridians to review her new consumer protection guide for seniors. The Savvy Consumers Can Stop Fraud: A Guide for Seniors contains information and tools designed to save money, especially on prescription medication, and offers tips for identity theft prevention and ways to recognize telemarketing fraud, imposter scams and sweepstakes scams.

Common scams directed at older Floridians include contractor and home repair scams and scams resulting in investment and financial fraud, identity theft, mortgage and foreclosure fraud. Imposter scams are on the rise, with scammers pretending to be the IRS or businesses such as the local utility or a well-known tech repair company. Scammers hide behind these false identities to get seniors to pay for charges or fees not owed or for services not needed.

To safeguard against these scams and more, consumers can find many helpful tips in the guide, including the following:

For more tips from the guide, click here. Anyone who suspects deceptive or unfair business practices can file a complaint with the Attorney General's Office online at MyFloridaLegal.com or by calling 1-866-9-NO-SCAM.