State sets up new tool for seniors to avoid scams

October 8, 2012 7:04:38 PM PDT
Some people who are most vulnerable when it comes to rip-offs are now getting new help.

Seniors, who have traditionally been targets for con artists, now have a new tool in the state of California, to learn how to avoid becoming victims of personal or financial abuse.

The state of California's, seniors.ca.gov, was designed to provide seniors, with the information they need to connect to helpful services and resources.

The State Department of Insurance says when seniors are the victims of fraudulent schemes, it's not just them who pays the price.

"It also is devastating for families because if someone is ripped off in their later years, they don't have the economical wherewithal to restore that money. And that means their families or the state or local governments are forced to try and care for that individual because they no longer have the wherewithal to care for themselves," said California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.

The department says it will be tracking hits to the website to determine how often it's used.


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