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Jun 14, 2019

To Put an End to Scams Targeting Seniors, Tester Backs Bipartisan Bill

Senator announces support for legislation pushing the FTC to better prevent fraud against the elderly

(Kalispell, Mont.) – At the Agency on Aging’s 40th annual Older Americans Picnic today, U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced his support for bipartisan legislation aimed at stopping scams that target seniors.

The Government Accountability Office reports that scams cost seniors an estimated $2.9 billion annually. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), one in four seniors contacted by scammers ended up sending them money last year—losing an average of $9,000 each. That’s up from just one in 14 seniors the year before.

“Washington isn’t doing enough to protect our seniors from fraud,” Tester said at today’s event. “That’s why I’m backing a bill to help put an end to the endless scams that target the elderly and cost them nearly $3 billion every year.”

The Tester-backed Senior Fraud Prevention Act will help stop scams that target the elderly by directing the FTC to establish a fraud prevention office, educate seniors about fraud, and maintain reporting systems to help law enforcement find and prosecute scammers.

Tester has been a champion for Montana seniors, ensuring they have access to critical entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. He recently sponsored the Medicare Mental Health Access Act to give seniors expanded access to mental health services. He has also authored a bipartisan bill to make Medicare Part D more transparent and lower costs for seniors taking prescription drugs.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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