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April 17, 2019

Consumer advocate program educates seniors
on dangers of scams, prevents victimization

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. will present his “Senior Fraud Protection Program” at the Amherst Center for Senior Services to provide useful tips on how to identify and prevent common scams. The seminar will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 at the center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst.

“Scammers have no limits. They will pry on anyone using any means necessary. It is extremely frustrating but I am committed to fighting with seniors to stop these lowlifes. By educating seniors and the entire community, we can help prevent victims from losing tens of thousands of dollars. Recognizing the growing problem with scams, I created the ‘Senior Fraud Protection Program’ to help stop crimes before they occur. I talk to folks about what to look for in a scam and how to protect themselves in a world where scammers get more creative and have a greater reach using technology,” said Comptroller Mychajliw.

The Senior Fraud Protection Program covers the Top 10 scams:

  1. Medicare/Health Insurance
  2. Counterfeit Prescription Drugs
  3. Funeral & Cemetery Products
  4. Fraudulent Personal Products
  5. Telemarketing & Computer Fraud
  6. Internet & Computer Fraud
  7. Investment Schemes
  8. Homeowner/Contractor Scams
  9. Sweepstakes & Lottery Scams
  10. The Grandparent Scam

With spring finally arriving, Comptroller Mychajliw will focus on contractor scams. Seniors will learn what steps to take before beginning any home improvement project.

This program is available to all seniors throughout Erie County. If any group, church organization, social club, service group, etc. would like to host Comptroller Mychajliw for a presentation, please contact his office at 858-8400 or email To contact the Whistleblower Hotline, call 858-7722 or email

For a PDF of the press release, please CLICK HERE.