Todd Kossow is the Asssistant Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Midwest Region in Chicago, a position he has held since 2008. During that time, he has litigated and supervised consumer protection cases in federal district court against companies and individuals involved in the deceptive marketing and sale of a variety of products and services, including many cases against scams that target senior citizens.
He also regularly speaks to community groups on the subject of scams targeting senior citizens and on what seniors can do to protect themselves.
This session will address scams that are currently targeting senior citizens, including lottery and sweepstakes scams, imposter scams such as the grandparents scam, health care scams, counterfeit check scams, and medical alert robocall scams, among others.
The session will include data on the prevalence of these scams and would also focus on what seniors can do to avoid falling victim. The FTC’s new education campaign, “Pass It On,” will be introduced.
This campaign seeks to take advantage of the senior community and their life experience and their social networks to get the word out to other seniors about how to spot and avoid scams that are targeting seniors.