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FLORIDA — The just-released 2020 Seniors vs. Crime Annual Report shows nearly $1.7 million in total refunds, savings and recoveries for older Floridians.
The Seniors vs. Crime Project was founded in 1989 with the aim of helping to help prevent crime and fraud, aid consumers in resolving disputes and assist the Florida Attorney General’s Office with its Seniors vs. Crime program, a volunteer program that involves senior sleuths who help identify scams targeting the elderly.
“As COVID-19 rapidly spread across the world, criminals doubled down on efforts to target seniors,” said Attorney General Ashley Moody in a news release. “But that didn’t deter Seniors vs. Crime volunteers. Not only did they help protect their fellow seniors who had been victimized, they also provided thousands of Floridians with the tools needed to avoid scams—all at no cost to seniors.”
Among the findings in the 2020 Seniors vs. Crime Annual Report are:
– Senior Sleuths directly assisted more than 11,000 Florida seniors during 2020
– total savings to seniors who utilized Seniors vs. Crime services amounted to $1,690,958
– provided crime prevention training to more than 4,600 people
– sent out more than 90 printed articles, conducted more than 100 television events, and posted roughly 530 social media notices about Seniors vs. Crime
– Senior Sleuth volunteers dedicated more than 11,400 hours of free assistance to Florida seniors
“While this latest report is promising,” said AG Moody, “our work protecting Florida’s seniors is far from over.” She said she is working with State Senator Danny Burgess and State Representative Colleen Burton on legislation to strengthen senior protection in Florida.
Attorney General Moody has developed a Senior Protection Team within her office and also serves as Co-Chair for the National Association of Attorneys General’s Elder Justice Committee to help advance the mission of protecting older Floridians.
To report instances of scams against senior citizens or non-emergency instances of senior exploitation, call 1(866) 9NO-SCAM or file a complaint online at this website – http://myfloridalegal.com/contact.nsf/contact?Open&Section=Citizen_Services.