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Group Will Help Seniors Avoid Scams, Pay Bills

March 3rd, 2008 by flanews

With a shaky economy and state budget cuts hitting almost every public service, one group wants to make sure Florida’s senior citizens can weather the storm. The Public Service Commission will hold events all week to teach seniors how to cut cost. The commission kicked off its 10th annual Consumer Protection Week in Tallahassee. This year members teach seniors how to cut down on utility bills. They’ll also warn senior about scams.

“Because of the generation that they grew up in, they grew up when people trusted one another that makes them vulnerable to a lot of con-artist. So what we’re trying to do, is to say just because a person is sweet and kind it’s not your grandson, so we want to try and tell them some of the kind of things to be aware of and watch out for,” said Matthew Carter, the Public Service Commission Chairman.

The commission will also offer help to senior who have problems paying their phone bills.

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