May is Older Americans Month in Georgia and Attorney General Chris Carr says senior citizens now have a new way to to help them avoid being scammed. "The Georgia Consumer Protection Guide for Older Adults" is more than than 30 pages of advice. It lists scams that often target seniors and even includes a list of agencies and phone numbers that serve the elder population.
"Supporting and protecting our aging community is an essential part of our consumer protection mission," said Carr. "We created this comprehensive guide to empower our older adults, their families and caregivers with information to make wise decisions about their money, safety and well-being."
Carr said that "Older adults are often targeted by scammers who view them as particularly vulnerable to fraudulent and deceptive schemes." He says seniors face unique challenges that come with aging, which are often difficult to navigate. The guide includes a list of topics important to to seniors, including scams, identity theft, credit and debt, reverse mortgages, charitable giving, home repairs, funerals, advance directives, long-term care, elder abuse and more.
The guide will be distributed throughout the state. Consumers can download the guide from the Consumer Protection Unit's website at consumer.ga.gov. To request a hard copy, call the Consumer Protection Unit at (404) 651-8600.