Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General
202 North Ninth Street
For media inquiries only, contact:
Charlotte Gomer, Director of Communication
Mobile: (804) 512-2552
ATTORNEY GENERAL HERRING URGES CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT FOR FRAUD AND SCAM REDUCTION ACT
~ Herring sends letter in support of the Stop Senior Scam Act and Seniors Fraud Prevention Act 2021 ~
RICHMOND – Attorney General Mark R. Herring has joined a bipartisan coalition of 47 attorneys general in urging congressional leaders to support the Fraud and Scam Reduction Act. The act, comprised of the Stop Senior Scam Act and Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of 2021, will assist stakeholders in training employees to recognize the warning signs of elder fraud and to prevent irreversible damage to elderly victims.
"It is despicable that individuals prey on older Virginians to make money, but the sad reality is that scammers and fraudsters will try to take advantage of older Virginians, because they think they're more easily scammed,” said Attorney General Herring. "Putting more resources towards preventing fraud and scams aimed at seniors will help protect Virginia's older population and help them avoid potentially losing money to bad actors. My team and I have made it a priority to ensure that Virginia's seniors are educated and informed, and having these initiatives at the federal level will help further protect Virginians.”
The act, H.R. 1215, is bipartisan legislation that will provide innovative ways to combat the financial exploitation of senior citizens. The legislation will establish the Senior Scams Prevention Advisory Group that is accountable to the Federal Trade Commission. 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 that target seniors. The group will develop training and educational materials for those employees best suited to identify the warning signs of elder fraud.
The act also establishes the Office for the Prevention of Fraud Targeting Seniors—housed in the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the FTC. The office will complement the efforts of the Senior Scams Prevention Advisory Group by:
- Monitoring emerging scams that target seniors through the internet, mail, robocalls, telemarketing and television;
- Disseminating information on common fraud schemes; and
- Sharing information on how to report suspected senior fraud scams to a national fraud hotline and the FTC's Consumer Sentinel Network.
The FTC will also work with the U.S. Attorney General's Office to log and track complaints from victims and relay the information to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
In March, Attorney General Herring urged older Virginians to be wary of financial exploitation and highlighted resources for older Virginians to help prevent them from becoming victims of scams and other kinds of financial exploitation. Additionally, Attorney General Herring and his team have worked hard to educate Virginia's older population through Triad chapters around the Commonwealth.
If you believe you have been a victim of financial fraud or a scam you should contact Attorney General Herring's Consumer Protection Section to file a complaint or to get additional information about any consumer protection related matter:
- By phone: (800) 552-9963
- By email:
- Online Complaint Form
- Online Contact Form
Joining Attorney General Herring in sending today's letter are the attorneys general of Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
# # #