Attorney General Introduces Senior Sleuth Program

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Senior Sleuths is a new effort of the attorney general’s office to help Arizona seniors protect themselves, and to prevent others from becoming victims of fraud and abuse.

“Protecting Arizona seniors from abuse and exploitation is an important priority for the attorney general’s office. Because so many crooks and con artists take aim at seniors, I will continue to keep older Arizonans in the forefront of our consumer protection work and prosecute law violations,” says Attorney General Terry Goddard.

The attorney general’s office is recruiting senior volunteers and will train them to identify and report scams and fraud, including Medicare fraud, and to use their knowledge to educate other seniors.

There are several ways someone can be a Senior Sleuth:

• By collecting suspicious “junk” mail.

• By keeping a log of telemarketing phone calls received.

• By attending “free” presentations and making reports to the attorney general.

With additional training, they can answer calls on the AG Elder Help phone line, work in the attorney general’s satellite offices, staff AG booths at community events, or make presentations to community groups.

Goddard is pleased to launch this new project, “Senior Sleuths is a great opportunity for active, involved seniors to work with the attorney general’s office to help detect scams against seniors and to help others avoid frauds and scams. I want all Arizonans to have the knowledge to stay safe and stop crimes before they happen,”

The attorney general’s Senior Sleuths project is partnering with AARP, DES Division of Aging & Adult Services Senior Medicare Patrol program, Adult Protective Services, the Arizona Area Agencies on Aging, Beatitudes Center DOAR and other retiree and senior organizations.

For more information, go to the “Seniors” tab at the attorney general’s Web site: www.azag.gov.

Or call Pam Stevenson, the attorney general’s office elder issues coordinator at (602) 542-7578.

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