Financial scammers have long targeted the elderly both for their mental/physical vulnerabilities and the fact that they are more likely to have a large nest egg used for retirement. However, in some ways the problems has worsened in recent years. That is because advances in electronic finances have raised much confusion among the elderly, making them even more likely to fall prey to those willing to take advantage of that vulnerability for their own financial gain.
A blog post at Forbes last week issued another clarion call for all local community members to be on the look-out for elder financial exploitation. The author discussed one pair of theives that tried to bilk a New York woman out of a multi-million dollar property she had owned for decades. In another local case a home care worker stole $350,000 from her client–the senior’s entire life savings.
It is important to remind all local residents that it is not just the obvious targets–seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s–who are at risk. Literally anyone can be caught, even those who have all their wits about them. As the author noted, ” My mother in law, Alice, is 90 and still very sharp. She would be hard to fool, but I know the right thief could probably do some harm if we weren’t watching closely all that goes on financially.”