Sinema, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Key Agency to Better Protect Arizona Seniors from Coronavirus Scams

Mar 27, 2020

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema and a bipartisan group of Senators urged the Federal Trade Commission to protect Arizona seniors from COVID-19 related scams.
“We must protect Arizona’s seniors from criminal fraudsters seeking to take advantage of this public health emergency,” said Sinema.
Given that the most severe cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. are among seniors, bad actors have used the heightened public fears to target seniors with calls, telling them of nonexistent COVID-19 vaccinations. Scammers have gone as far as visiting the homes of elderly people to administer fake tests while also charging them and obtaining their social security numbers.
In their bipartisan letter, the Senators ask what actions the FTC is taking to educate seniors on how to protect themselves from COVID-19 related scams and to assist seniors who are victims of fraud.
In an effort to raise awareness, Sinema recently partnered with the Arizona Attorney General to alert Arizona seniors of COVID-19 related scams and provide seniors with helpful resources in case they are victims of bad actors.
This letter complements Sinema’s work on the bipartisan Senior Security Act, which would create a task force at the Securities and Exchange Commission to protect seniors from financial crimes.
Sinema has also added a resources page to her website,, for Arizonans looking for the latest information on coronavirus.
Click HERE for Sinema’s letter.
Click HERE for Spanish version of release.