New task force aims to reduce scams on state's elderly

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer will announce a new campaign for combatting scams that rob thousands of seniors yearly.

Advocates for the elderly say seniors are often too trusting and scammers are taking tens of thousands of dollars of their savings.

Plans by the Office on Aging include developing a Safe Senior Business Network. To join the network, businesses must agree to a list of ethical standards and to mediate disputes with elderly customers.

Bauer hopes that in time, elderly residents will check the list on the Web or will call the Office on Aging before deciding who to
hire or where to shop. He says it will take time to develop the list, but he says it should be on the Web by year's end.

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