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Oak Ridge Boys Raise Awareness for Elder Fraud with Special Campaign

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The Oak Ridge Boys, country music’s iconic group, hope to raise awareness for elder fraud with a public service announcement (PSA) campaign. They are assisting the Department of Justice and AARP in their campaign. The band is world-famous for their hits like “Elvira,” Bobbie Sue,” and “Thank God for Kids.”

“The Oak Ridge Boys are honored to bring awareness to elder fraud and abuse,” said Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys. “For too long people have taken advantage of our senior citizens. We are teaming up with the Department of Justice and the AARP Fraud Watch Network to help you and your loved ones stay safe from scammers.”

PSA Campaign

Oak Ridge Boys Raise Awareness for Elder Fraud with Special Campaign

Photo: Tom Gilbert

The PSA campaign was unveiled by Justice Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt for the Civil Division. Also participating in the event on October 4 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were U.S. Attorney Trent Shores for the Northern District of Oklahoma and Sean Voskuhl, State Director, AARP Oklahoma. Mike Hunter, Oklahoma State Attorney General, and Wayne Blackmon, AARP Oklahoma Executive Council & Fraud Watch Network, were also on the program.

“So happy to see the Department of Justice and AARP stepping up to address this problem of elder fraud abuse,” said Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys. He noted that the band was honored to be joining forces to help stop this problem. Bonsall further noted that everyone can fall victim to such scams, whether over the phone or online, but elderly people are frequently targeted for identity theft and similar scams. The Oak Ridge Boys are proud to be lending their name to a very worthy cause.

PSA Campaign Announcement

Oak Ridge Boys Raise Awareness for Elder Fraud with Special Campaign

Photo: Tom Gilbert

In announcing the launch of the video and accompanying social media campaign, Acting Associate Attorney General Claire Murray issued the following statement: “Fraudsters are targeting and stealing billions of dollars from unsuspecting Americans every year. In order to fight this epidemic, Americans must report fraud schemes and spread the word among their families and friends.” Murray went on to thank AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and the Oak Ridge Boys for partnering with them to help fight this ongoing problem. It’s hoped that with increased awareness and reporting, the Department of Justice will prevent many other elderly Americans from becoming victims of such crimes.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of a fraud scheme, please report to aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork. Information about the Department of Justice’s Elder Fraud Initiative is available at justice.gov/elderjustice.