Representatives ask FTC to probe reports of 9/11 compensation scam

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(AP) - Three congressional representatives are asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate reports that scammers are posing as Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund staffers to get first responders' and survivors' personal information.

Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Peter King publicized their effort on Sunday. FTC representatives haven't immediately responded to an email inquiry.

The fund currently benefits people with health problems believed to be related to the 2001 terror attacks. An alert on the fund's website says unknown people are making calls claiming to be staffers and requesting information, supposedly to help with claims. The fund urges people to report such calls to the FTC.

King, Maloney and Nadler want the FTC to open a formal investigation.

King is a Republican. Maloney and Nadler are Democrats.

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