Resources help older adults fight telemarketing scams

The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and AARP are sharing information to help people protect themselves and their families from scam artists and criminals. Many older adults become victims of fraudulent telemarketers and a wide variety of other scams. Research shows that someone’s identity is stolen online every three seconds.

To help keep telephone scammers at bay, Pennsylvania has a Do Not Call list. Telemarketers are required by state law to remove the phone numbers of consumers on the Do Not Call list from their telephone marketing efforts. You can sign up here or by calling 1-888-777-3406. To further reduce unwanted calls, you can also sign up for the separate federal Do Not Call list here or by calling 1-888-382-1222.

The best way to prevent fraud is by learning how to spot a scam. Scammers do not obey the Do Not Call lists, so you need to be vigilant and be on the lookout for scams. You can receive scam news and alerts from AARP. There are also free apps for iPhone and Android to help you receive alerts and submit anonymous tips. Fraud-prevention resources are available by clicking here.