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Arizona to offer seniors a free device to block phone scams

This Wednesday, April 14, 2016, file photo, shows a push-button landline telephone, in Whitefield, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

PHOENIX — The Arizona Attorney General’s office is offering a pilot program in which seniors can install a device on their phone that blocks scam phone calls.

The program is aptly titled “Fight Scam Calls” and is a part of the office’s Consumer Protection and Advocacy Section (CPA), per its website.

“CPA has developed the Consumer ‘Fight Scam Calls’ Pilot Program that will provide free call-blocking devices available for installation to senior residents age 60 or older who are bothered by numerous unwanted calls,” the program’s webpage read.

The device is said to plug right into a phone and recognizes and blocks scam numbers. It also can be programmed to block other numbers you don’t want calls from.

To participate, seniors must be 60 or older and have a land line with caller ID. Participants will also be subject to a survey both before and after installation.

You can join by filling out the form here. Applications must be submitted by June 10.

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