Keeping Loved Ones Safe from Elder Financial Abuse

Losing money to scams and fraud is disheartening for anyone. Unfortunately, millions of aging adults experience financial abuse each year. This exploitation strips aging adults of their dignity, trust, and independence, so it’s important for family members to help when they can.  Often, elder financial abuse can slip under the radar. People often focus on managing finances before retirement, but

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Top 10 Financial Scams Targeting Seniors

Independent Senior housing

Financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they’re now considered “the crime of the 21st century.” Why? Because seniors are thought to have a significant amount of money sitting in their accounts. Financial scams also often go unreported or can be difficult to prosecute, so they’re considered a “low-risk” crime. However, they’re devastating to many older adults and can

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FBI Tips For Protecting Against 3 Popular Senior Scams

Senior Man Holding Piggy Bank Away From Reaching Hands

Senior scams are too common A terrible fact is that seniors get scammed out of $36 billion each year. Even worse, most of this money can never be recovered. Fraudsters are ruining lives by stealing hard-earned savings. Being aware of popular senior scams helps you protect your older adult from losing money to thieves. Since stolen money isn’t likely to be recovered,

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When is The Tax Man Not the Tax Man?

Cartoon Of Senior Woman On Phone with Scammer

Imagine this. You have just come home from the park with your grandkids. As your 3-year-old granddaughter plays on the floor with her toys and your 8-year-old grandson reads at the table, you receive a phone call. Your heart skips a beat when you hear who is on the other end of the line. It’s the IRS and they are

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Fraud Against Seniors

Cartoon Drawing of Men in Suits Carrying Red Dollar Sign Coins in Wheelbarrows Away from a Large Sack of Money

The FBI’s Common Fraud Schemes webpage provides tips on how you can protect yourself and your family from fraud. Senior citizens especially should be aware of fraud schemes for the following reasons: Senior citizens are most likely to have a “nest egg,” to own their home, and/or to have excellent credit—all of which make them attractive to con artists. People

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Avoid Scams at Tax Time

Senior Couple Looking at Clip Board and Speaking With Tax Professional

As April approaches, many think of spring in bloom, April showers, and maybe even Opening Day for baseball season, but there’s no denying it and no avoiding it, tax time is here as well. For some, April can be a time of frustration and even fear, especially if the documents necessary for tax filing are disorganized, misplaced, or simply missing.

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7 Scams That Target Elderly Seniors – How to Protect Your Loved Ones

Smiling Senior man and Upset Senior Woman with Arms Folded Talking to Con Artist and Shaking Hands

While it seems unconscionable to most, unscrupulous men and women often target senior citizens for devious scams to rob them of their money or identities. When scammers know how to confuse and gain the trust of the elderly, they have virtual free reign of bank accounts, personal information, and even assets. If you’re concerned about the well-being of a senior in your

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Home Improvement Scams

Man in Shirt and Tie Speaking with Senior Woman Standing at Front Door

As posted by AARP (https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2019/home-improvement.html) If you are a homeowner, it’s not uncommon to have contractors show up on your doorstep uninvited. They say they happened to be doing some work in the neighborhood and noticed that your house needs some repairs too. They’ll offer to fix your roof, repave your driveway or perform other repairs or renovations, for what

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Prevent Elder Fraud by Getting Rid of Junk Mail

Mailbox Overflowing with Mail

Elder fraud is a 36 billion dollar problem Thieving fraudsters are making a business of taking advantage of older adults. Almost 4 in 10 seniors are affected, losing over $36 billion each year to financial abuse. And this isn’t only happening to the very old or those with Alzheimer’s or dementia – younger, more educated seniors are actually losing more money. Did you know that the amount

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