U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced a bipartisan bill to increase awareness and reporting of fraud and scams that target tribal members. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on enough hardships, and now Montana tribal members are being targeted by scammers,” Daines said. “This is unacceptable, and we must do more to protect our tribes and bring awareness to these predatory acts.”

“For too long fraud and scams have targeted tribal communities, and the pandemic has only made this issue worse,” said Klobuchar. “We must ensure we have policies in place to prevent future schemes and stop bad actors, and this bipartisan legislation will do just that.”

According to the Better Business Bureau, “monetary loss among individuals who self-identified their racial background, consumers who self-identified as Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian, American Indian/Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander reported higher incidences of losing money to a scammer (67.0 percent vs. 56.0 percent) and reported losing more than double the financial loss of those who self-identified as white ($277 vs. $135).”

In April, the United States House of Representatives passed this legislation with strong bipartisan support.

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