The Justice Department, government agencies and non-profit organizations will launch a public education campaign in protecting senior citizens and easily targeted-populations from mass-mail scams, officials announced Thursday.
According to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lunch, each year, Americans receive more than a million fraudulent letters. These letters claim to be prizes, asking citizens to send money before claiming the prize. The consequences for these types of acts include criminal charges and civil injunction.
“In the days ahead, we will continue working together to protect the American people from exploitation,” said Lynch.
The education campaign will consist of tools that will help the elderly and the vulnerable population on how to identify mass-mailing scams, according to U.S. Attorney General.
“Indeed, the best defense against these types of scams is public awareness,” said Lynch.
U.S. Attorney General says this nation cannot succeeded alone and that it needs the public to help, too.
If you suspect a scam, file a complaint here.
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