Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2019 #388
ORDER ADOPTED
Dec 16, 2019 5:30 PM

That the Cambridge City Council ask for assistance and a report from the Attorney General's office on the prevalence of these type of phone scams and fraud in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Cambridge specifically to determine patterns to better direct outreach efforts; and that the City Manager work with the Department of Human Services, the Police Department and other relevant departments to strengthen current education programs and efforts targeted at this vulnerable population to avoid future instances of scams and fraud.

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, TTSponsors:Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Councillor Timothy J. Toomey, Councillor E. Denise Simmons
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

It has come to the attention of the Cambridge City Council that three elderly residents fell victim to phone scams asserting that relatives were in trouble and lost significant amounts of money, two who lost over $20,000; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to these types of phone scams and the outcomes can be financially disastrous for those living on fixed incomes and limited savings; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Attorney General's Office in Massachusetts offers help with elder issues "including financial exploitation, scam prevention, long term care, housing and more" and should be contacted to provide assistance in this matter; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the Cambridge City Council ask for assistance and a report from the Attorney General's office on the prevalence of these type of phone scams and fraud in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Cambridge specifically to determine patterns to better direct outreach efforts; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager work with the Department of Human Services, the Police Department and other relevant departments to strengthen current education programs and efforts targeted at this vulnerable population to avoid future instances of scams and fraud.

 

 

 

Meeting History

Dec 16, 2019 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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BY AFFIRMATIVE VOTE OF NINE MEMBERS

RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED