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Funeral and Cemetery Scams

According to the FBI, senior citizens are often victims of crimes and scams. Funeral and cemetery fraud often targets senior citizens because the victims’ realization that they have been swindled may take weeks—or more likely, years—after contact with the fraudster . This extended time frame makes it even more difficult to remember details from the events. They...

Five Ways to Protect Yourself During Open Enrollment

As the new health insurance Marketplaces get underway, scammers have begun to surface, ready to take advantage of those who may not realize they are giving personal and financial information to fraudulent people. Here are 5 tips to protect your identity and finances during Open Enrollment season: 1. Trust your instincts. If something does not feel right, then it probably is a scam....

Wise Charitable Giving

Esther received a phone call from a charity that had a name similar to a national cystic fibrosis organization. Touched by the thought of helping children, she agreed to make a donation. Later, she saw a news report that the organization was not the charity she thought it was, but a scam operation. The generosity of seniors makes them a favorite target of charity scams. To make the best...

Identity Theft

ID Theft – Tips to Reduce Your Risk Ichiro received a phone call from an auto finance company that said it was going to repossess his truck. Ichiro did not own a truck. He found out that someone using his name and Social Security number had applied for a car loan and had never made the payments. He also found out this same stranger had opened up two credit accounts in Ichiro’s...

Home Medical Equipment Scams

Home Medical Equipment Scams Jose was having problems climbing the stairs in his house, so he called a company that advertised it sold stairlifts. A salesman came to his house and promised to install the stairlift within two weeks, and took a payment of $2,000 from Jose. However, months passed and the company didn’t deliver the stairlift, but kept coming up with excuses. Jose finally...

Elder Abuse: The Size of the Problem

Elder Abuse: The Size of the Problem Elder mistreatment (i.e. abuse and neglect) is defined as intentional actions that cause harm or create a serious risk of harm (whether or not harm is intended) to a vulnerable elder by a caregiver or other person who stands in a trust relationship to the elder. This includes failure by a caregiver to satisfy the elder’s basic needs or to protect...

We are Family: When Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation Hits Home

By Jeannie Jennings Beidler Research and popular press report alarming instances of familial elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. The House of Representatives Select Committee on Aging found that older adults are at the greatest risk for abuse, and that in more than two-thirds of substantiated cases, the perpetrator is a family member in a caregiving role—usually an...

Senior Fraud Protection Kit

"Scammed: It's the only word no family caregiver wants to hear when it comes to a senior loved one." -Home Instead Senior Care Network. Check out this excellent "Senior Fraud Protection Kit" developed by Home Instead Senior Care Network. uploads/files/Senior%20Fraud%20Protection.pdf

Home Improvement Scams

Aretha noticed a leak in her living room ceiling and called a plumber. The plumber told her that all her bathroom pipes were broken and needed to be replaced, at a cost of $1,500. He said she risked an electrical fire if she didn’t have the work done. She sought a second opinion. The other plumber found that the problem was only some failed caulking around the bathtub. Home repair...