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New “Fraud Squads” Educate Seniors on Scams

September 11 has become a national day of service in the United States, commemorating the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001.

But those with an altruistic spirit should make sure criminals don't take advantage of their generosity.

Enter the FTC's new "fraud squads," teams of seniors who will soon be educating their peers on how to avoid charity fraud, identity theft and other scams, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The new campaign was announced earlier this week.

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Titled Pass It On, the campaign enlists older adults to talk to their friends, family and others about avoiding common scams. The FTC is reaching out to libraries, social clubs, seniors centers and adult living communities to get members involved.

Participants can order free folders with information and bookmarks, and sign up for scam alert e-mails from the FTC. The information also is available in Spanish.

To learn more or get involved, visit the FTC's Pass It On website.

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