Fighting Back against Scams

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Emilia Heber (Editor)

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status
BISAC: SOC000000

In 2022, the top scam types reported to the Committee shared many similarities to those reported by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC): imposter scams and prizes, sweepstakes, and lottery scams are both cited as some of the top reported categories. Though many of the same types of scams present themselves year after year, the methods through which scammers contact victims have diversified—Artificial Intelligence (AI) and social media now play a prominent role. Scammers are also using new payment methods, making losses difficult to trace. Gift cards are the main payment method used by scammers to request and steal money from older adults. In 2021, 27 percent of adults 60 and older who lost money paid a scammer using a gift card or a reloadable card. Peer-to-peer payment apps, like Zelle, Venmo, CashApp, and PayPal, are also increasingly used by scammers.

Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1. Fighting Fraud: Top Scams in 2022
Special Committee on Aging

Chapter 2. Modern Scams: How Scammers Are Using Artificial Intelligence & How We Can Fight Back: Mike Braun’s Opening Statement
Mike Braun

Chapter 3. Modern Scams: How Scammers Are Using Artificial Intelligence & How We Can Fight Back: Bob Casey’s Opening Statement
Bob Casey

Chapter 4. Modern Scams: How Scammers Are Using Artificial Intelligence & How We Can Fight Back: Written Testimony of Dr. Tahir Ekin
Tahir Ekin

Chapter 5. Modern Scams: How Scammers Are Using Artificial Intelligence & How We Can Fight Back: Written Testimony of Tom Romanoff
Tom Romanoff

Chapter 6. Modern Scams: How Scammers Are Using Artificial Intelligence & How We Can Fight Back: Testimony of Gary Schildhorn
Gary Schildhorn

Chapter 7. Modern Scams: How Scammers Are Using Artificial Intelligence & How We Can Fight Back: Statement of Steve Weisman J.D.
Steve Weisman

Chapter 8. Modern Scams: How Scammers Are Using Artificial Intelligence & How We Can Fight Back: Letter from the Office of the Inspector General
Office of the Inspector General

Chapter 9. Stopping Senior Scams: Empowering Communities to Fight Fraud
Special Committee on Aging

Chapter 10. Frauds, Scams and COVID–19: How Con Artists Have Targeted Older Americans During the Pandemic
Special Committee on Aging

Index

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