Rosen, Cortez Masto, Colleagues Send Letter to FTC Chairman Highlighting Need to Protect Seniors, Vulnerable Individuals from Coronavirus Scams

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) announced they have joined Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons in response to reports highlighting the recent increase in COVID-19 related scams and asking the FTC to take action to protect seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We write to express our serious concern following recent reports highlighting coronavirus (COVID-19)-related scams, including scams that target seniors, and to request information on what the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is doing to ensure that seniors are protected from those attempting to financially exploit them during the pandemic,” wrote the Senators. “While the FTC has added information to its website to inform consumers about COVID-19 scams, we believe additional measures must be taken to educate seniors and provide consumers with information about how to seek recourse if they are targeted. Given the seriousness of this issue and the growing public health emergency, we urge the FTC to take action to better inform seniors about COVID-19-related fraud and assist victims in understanding their recourse options.”
Read the Senators’ full letter aquí.