statistics are sobering: criminals increasingly target senior citizens with
scams. Their paid-off mortgages, plump nest eggs, tendency to answer the
telephone and engage in conversations, and their sometimes unguarded demeanors
make them ideal targets.
report developed through a partnership between San Francisco-based TrueLink
Financial and Laurie Orlov, a research analyst with Forrester, revealed that
seniors lose $36.48 billion dollars a year to fraud. Fraud impacts an estimated
36.9% of seniors in any given five-year period.
fraud operations are blatant while others are subtle, like erroneous bills sent
repeatedly. Often, seniors do not believe they owe the money, but the amounts are
just low enough that it doesn’t seem worth it to fight it. It is tough to prove
whether this fraud is purposeful or accidental. Many seniors feel lost and
alone in such situations, regardless of the intent of the people involved. We want to try and make sure
this doesn’t happen to you or your senior loved ones.
us on Thursday, June 18th at Home Instead Senior Care, 1977
Spruce Hills Drive, Bettendorf, at 4:30pm to learn more about these scams.
Kathy Middleton with LegalShield will talk about the 5 types of identity theft,
senior scams and how to recognize and protect yourself and your loved ones from
these real threats.
is free. For more information contact Janet Mau at 563-359-0027.
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