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Duluth native speaks at state fair against scamming of seniors

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and the American Association of Retired People (AARP) joined seniors from across the state on "Senior Day" at the State Fair to discuss efforts to crack down on fraud targeted at seniors and telemarketers who violate th...

Peggy Heistad-Harri
Peggy Heistad-Harri (center) of Duluth with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, right. (Submitted photo)

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and the American Association of Retired People (AARP) joined seniors from across the state on "Senior Day" at the State Fair to discuss efforts to crack down on fraud targeted at seniors and telemarketers who violate the Do-Not-Call list.

Klobuchar recently introduced the bipartisan Senior Fraud Protection Act, which would help fight scams, such as fraudulent telemarketing, designed to strip seniors of their assets.

"Too often seniors can have their entire life savings snatched up in scams specifically designed to target their assets, and too many bad actors are ignoring existing rules like the Do-Not-Call list to make a quick buck," Klobuchar said.

Peggy Heistad-Harri, a Duluth native who spoke the event at the State Fair, told the story of her mother who was swindled out of $47,000 after receiving repeated phone calls telling her she had won a car. The callers requested that she send money to Jamaica to have it shipped to her in Duluth. Ultimately, the fraudulent telemarketers were able to learn more about her assets and talk her into maxing out multiple credit cards.

Klobuchar has also called on the Administration to crack down on telemarketers who violate the Do-Not-Call

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list. In a letter to the Department of Justice, Klobuchar highlighted groups that ignore the Do-No-Call registry and asked the Department of Justice to recommend actions to better prosecute fraud.

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