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GOVERNOR, ATTORNEY GENERAL JOIN SENIORS GROUPS ANNOUNCING CONSUMER "CHECK IT OUT" PROGRAM
May 1, 2003
On Friday, May 2, at 9:30 a.m., Governor Baldacci and Attorney General Rowe will join the Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), Legal Services for the Elderly, and TRIAD (a nationwide program that depends on local partnerships between seniors and law enforcement for the purpose of preventing crimes against seniors) to announce a new campaign called "Check It Out." Check It Out will enable seniors to call a toll-free number to check on offers that seem too good to be true. The number is 1-877-ELDERS-1 (1-877- 353- 3771).
Check It Out will provide a simple way to get a second opinion before seniors sign a contract, make a major purchase, respond to a solicitation, or give money to charities, friends, or even family members. Its purpose is to reduce victimization of older Mainers who may be pressured into hasty decisions and agree to make large purchases, cooperate with telemarketers, contribute to charities, contract for home repairs, or make other transactions that are unwise or even fraudulent.
Seniors are encouraged to call the 1-877-ELDERS-1 number (1-877-353-3771) during business hours to request assistance before making a decision. By asking for an informed opinion, the callers will receive impartial information from those who handle such calls at the five Area Agencies on Aging. If the call indicates a need for additional input or even law enforcement assistance, the AAA responder will offer to have the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division, Legal Services for the Elderly, or another appropriate agency review the matter. The senior will receive a prompt return call with additional information and suggestions.
Please attend the press conference Friday for additional information and interviews.
CONTACT: CHARLES DOW, DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS AND LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS, 207-626-8577