Identity Theft – How Seniors Can Protect Themselves

Protect personal identity concept of privacy theftWhile identity theft affects people of all different age groups, more and more senior citizens are becoming targets of this crime.

There are a few different reasons why older people fall prey to identity thieves:

  • After a lifetime of saving, they have more money than younger people
  • More people have access to their personal info, thanks to nursing homes and the health care system
  • Seniors tend to be more trusting and may not see the signs of identity theft
  • Older people are less likely to report identity theft out of fear of losing their independence

Fortunately, there are steps seniors and their caregivers can take to avoid falling victim to identity theft.

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Scam Alert! Financial Scams Targeting Seniors

Financial fraud is one of the fastest growing forms of elder abuse. Financial elder abuse is when someone illegally or improperly uses a vulnerable senior’s money or other property. Many states now have laws that make elder financial abuse a crime and provide ways to help the senior and punish the scammer.

Elder financial abuse is tough to fight because it often goes unreported. Many elder victims are often too confused, fearful or embarrassed by the crime to report it. A recent study by Consumers Digest estimated that there are five million cases of this financial abuse in the United States each year, but law enforcement only learn about one in twenty-five cases.

You can protect yourself and your loved ones from financial elder abuse by familiarizing yourself with the most common scams and learning what to do if you suspect foul play.
Scammers target elders that they perceive to be vulnerable. It is often those who are isolated, lonely, physically or mentally disabled, unfamiliar with handling their own finances or have recently lost a spouse. Continue Reading Scam Alert! Financial Scams Targeting Seniors

Seniors and fraud: how to recognize it and stop it

Senior Woman Giving Credit Card Details On The PhoneAccording to a recent article in Elder Law Answers, 70 percent of the nation’s wealth is controlled by people age 55 and older. Of course, as people get older they need help with day to day activities and finances can be one of those activities. That’s where the potential for fraud comes in.

Many times the perpetrators are people that the victim knows, such as an adult child, grandchild or employed caregiver. Signs that fraud is taking place include:

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