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Program Hopes to Show Senior Citizens How to Identify Scams

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There's an effort underway to raise awareness among senior citizens about con artists.

Through the so-called "Smart Seniors" program, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Rep. Grace Meng of Queens hope to show senior citizens how to identify scams and what to do in case they become victims of fraud.

They named financial exploitation, online scams, home improvement rip-offs and sweepstakes schemes as the biggest problems.

"The goal today is to give you the education so you can prevent yourselves from being scammed. And I want to make sure you understand that seniors are a particular target of people who commit fraud in the state of New York and all across America," Schneiderman said. "Never hesitate because you were embarrassed to report that you were the victim of a scam or that someone tried to cheat you."

"We want to find the people who have wired money and also to hear about the different types of scams," Meng said.

Meng is also pushing for legislation that will punish people who scramble their caller IDs to make it seem like they're calling from legitimate institutions.

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