FTC Seeks Input on I.D. Theft’s Impact on Senior Citizens

The Federal Trade Commission wants first-hand accounts of how identity theft affects senior citizens so it can formulate enforcement agendas, policy initiatives and a consumer education campaign.
Seniors are particularly susceptible to identity theft and their personal information may be vulnerable to theft at hospitals, nursing homes and other care facilities.
Some seniors have granted powers of attorney to persons they believe they can trust, providing wide access to their personal data.
The agency is particularly interested in:
» The prevalence of identity theft targeting senior citizens;
» The extent to which seniors are vulnerable to identity theft;
» Types of identity theft schemes and the extent to which thieves use them to target seniors, such as phishing schemes, power of attorney abuse – and tax, medicare and nursing home-related identity theft;
» The extent to which seniors are victims of familial identity theft;
» Precautions seniors can take to protect their identity when seeking accountants, financial advisors, nursing care, home care – and other medical  services;  and
» Public and private sector solutions to senior identity theft.
Read the FTC’s instructions on submitting comments.

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