Better Business Bureau launches site to educate seniors about scam artists

Council of Better Business Bureaus CEO Carrie A. Hurt: "Awareness and education are the best tools we have in the fight against fraud."


DETROIT, Mich. – The Better Business Bureau and Western Union have teamed up to form a site that could save your life savings from scammers.

Everyone has received at least one of these calls. Someone calling to say that you've won a cruise, won a million dollars, or that a family member is in trouble. But now, the BBB and Western Union have decided to launch a site that will educate seniors, who are particularly vulnerable to these scams, and their families about how to stop scammers from interfering with their lives and stealing their money.

"Scams are a form of financial abuse. Scammers create an expectation of trust that results in financial loss and considerable distress especially to older people who fall victim," said Carrie A. Hurt, president and CEO of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. "Awareness and education are the best tools we have in the fight against fraud."

This effort comes just in time for World Elder Abuse day, which will be celebrated on Saturday, June 15. The Service is called BBB Scam Stopper and is geared particularly toward seniors.

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