Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Roger Marshall (1st District of Kansas)
WASHINGTON – On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed bipartisan legislative language, co-sponsored and led by U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D., to protect older Americans from COVID-19-related scams.
Originally introduced as the bipartisan Protecting Seniors from Emergency Scams Act, the legislation was included in the Fraud and Scam Reduction Act (H.R. 2610).
“We must do everything our power to protect our seniors from not only the virus, but also from those who prey on their fears and vulnerabilities during these difficult times,” said Rep. Marshall. “This legislation will provide our seniors with resources and up-to-date information, connections to law enforcement officers, and will help us be better prepared for future emergencies.”
The legislation directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to make digital resources available for older Americans and caregivers on the nature of scams in their geographic area and provides connections to law enforcement. The legislation also requires the FTC to submit a report to Congress on the number and types of scams targeting seniors during the coronavirus pandemic. The FTC will also be required to make recommendations on how to prevent scams targeting seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic and future emergencies.
Congressman Robin Kelly (D- IL) co-sponsored the House legislation. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) introduced the Senate companion bill (S. 3824). The bill was endorsed by the AARP, Elder Justice Coalition, American Society on Aging and National Adult Protective Services Association.