Trust Your Instincts? Tools to Empower Seniors to Identify Scams and Fraud

"Consumer fraud and scams have been and continue to be a significant problem, especially among our growing senior population. After a lifetime of hard work, seniors should have peace of mind knowing they can enjoy their retirement in peace and with financial security. By providing seniors with the knowledge and resources to identify scams and fraud, we can reduce the number of victims who lose out financially to these often-sophisticated schemes." 

- Senator Donnelly

Joe held a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging at the Indiana State Fair in August to help Hoosier seniors recognize potential warning signs of financial predators. With millions of Americans targeted by intricate consumer fraud schemes, the hearing provided an opportunity to expand the conversation, encourage collaboration, and consider ideas on how to effectively address this issue going forward.

The hearing entitled, "Trust Your Instincts? Tools to Empower Seniors to Identify Scams and Fraud" featured testimony from Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, and representatives from the AARP of Indiana, the Indiana Assocation of Area Agencies on Aging, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and a Hoosier whose family member was affected by a phone scam. Congressman André Carson also participated in the hearing.

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Full Testimony from Field Hearing Participants

Click the links below to download the PDFs.

Senator Joe Donnelly

Congressman André Carson

Greg Zoeller, Indiana Attorney General

Mandla Moyo, Community Outreach Director at Indiana AARP

Cynthia Mormon, Assistant Inspector in Charge at U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Mark Lindenlaub, Board President at Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging


Video Highlights from the Field Hearing


White Paper on Consumer Scams and Fraud Targeting Hoosier Seniors 

Senator Donnelly's office released a white paper detailing consumer fraud and scams that target senior citizens. The paper, building off of themes discussed at the hearing, outlines common schemes and highlights resources available to Hoosiers to identify and properly report scams and fraud. 

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To download the white paper on consumer scams and fraud that target Hoosier seniors, Click Here.