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Important links to protect senior citizens

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[June 10, 2011]  As the elderly population grows in Illinois and across our nation, protecting older citizens continues to be one of the most important responsibilities of the Attorney Generalís office. Far too often, scam artists perceive senior citizens as vulnerable and relatively wealthy due to their ability to access retirement accounts and pensions.

 As a result, seniors are a frequent target of a wide range of consumer fraud scams. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan works to protect all Illinois seniors by taking legal action against those who prey on seniors and supporting legislation to toughen penalties against those who commit crimes against the elderly.

Sadly, financial exploitation is not the only threat to seniorsí safety. Physical and sexual abuse of elderly citizens is far too prevalent. This often unreported crime is devastating to both victims and family members. In response to this serious problem, the Attorney Generalís office is working with advocates, other government agencies and law enforcement officials to root out abuse.

The Attorney General provides a Senior Citizens Consumer Fraud Hotline. To contact the hotline please call 1-800-243-5377 or 1-800-964-3013 (TTY).

The Attorney Generalís office is proud to participate in the following programs to help protect Illinoisí older citizens:


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