Friday, November 15, 2013

New Anti-fraud Hotline

United States Senate
Special Committee on Aging
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Chairman
Sen. Susan M. Collins (R-ME), Ranking Member
WASHINGTON, DC – If you or someone you know suspect you've been victim of a scam or fraud aimed at seniors, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging has set up a new toll-free hotline to help.
The hotline was unveiled today to make it easier for senior citizens to report suspected fraud and receive assistance.   It will be staffed by a team of committee investigators weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.  The investigators, who have experience with investment scams, identity theft, bogus sweepstakes and lottery schemes, Medicare and Social Security fraud, and a variety of other senior exploitation issues, will directly examine complaints and, if appropriate, refer them to the proper authorities.
Anyone with information about suspected fraud can call the toll-free fraud hotline at 1-855-303-9470, or contact the committee through its website, located at
As chairman and ranking member of the committee, Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have made consumer protection and fraud prevention a primary focus of the committee's work.  This year the panel has held hearings examining Jamaican lottery scams, tax-related identity theft, Social Security fraud and payday loans impact on seniors.   
"If you're contacted about an offer that sounds too good to be true, then it probably is," Nelson said.  "This new hotline will give seniors a resource to turn to for assistance if they think they've been victimized or have questions about fraudulent activities."   
"Ensuring that seniors are as equipped as possible to avoid becoming victims of fraud and other scams is among our committee's top priorities," said Collins.  "This new hotline offered by the Senate Special Committee on Aging will help to identify and put a stop to the cruel scams that hurt seniors and their families."
The hotline's unveiling also coincides with the committee's launch of an enhanced senior-friendly website.   The site's new features include large print, simple navigation and an uncluttered layout that enables seniors to find information more easily and conveniently.  Online visitors can also increase text size, change colors or view a text-only version of the site.   
To view the new website, visit

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Mobility 101 Training

The Mobility 101 Training is a few days away!
Mobility 101 Training
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
 The Mobility 101 training is a workshop for agency professionals, seniors, people with disabilities and their caregivers to learn about all of the available transportation options in Dallas County and how they connect. The workshop includes a group outing by DART bus and rail.
 As a reminder, Coffee and check in will begin at 8:30 a.m. Training will start promptly at 9:00 a.m.
 Location: Center for Community Cooperation, Oak Corner Room, 2900 Live Oak Street, Dallas, TX 75204 {Map}
Directions:  Located on Live Oak Street, 1 mile east of downtown Dallas. Free parking available. Near the Deep Ellum rail station. 
 The training is only $12 dollars in advance, $15 dollars at the door, lunch will be provided and space is limited.
Advance Registration Required: Registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 15th.
Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions,, 214-954-4283.
Please forward to your Networks!
Karina Gutierrez
MY RIDE Dallas Navigator
Community Council of Greater Dallas | Dallas Area Agency on Aging
Direct: (214) 954-4283 | Fax: (214) 871-7442

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