NORWALK - A federal consumer protection group announced a new program aimed at preventing fraudulent check scams in Connecticut today.

The Consumer Federation of America Director Susan Grant says 18 banks and credit unions have agreed to pass out informational brochures to customers who withdraw or deposit more than $1,000 from their accounts.

The agency says it is launching the campaign because the state has a relatively high proportion of elderly residents who can be at a higher risk for fraud.