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Seniors in Richmond, Kentucky, recently attended a free “Scam Jam” seminar to learn how to prevent falling victim to insurance fraud or identity theft. The speakers told the audience that the elderly are one of the largest targets of insurance swindlers, and an average identity-theft victim can expect to see over $6,000 illegally charged in their name. Some common investment fraud schemes occur via Internet and social networking scams, and as this article in The Richmond Register explains, “identities are stolen for a variety of reasons, but can allow the con artists to open credit card accounts, take out loans, apply for utility and cell phone services, open bank accounts, seek employment, and obtain medical care.”
The injuries suffered by an older person from physical abuse or neglect are tragic, but there is another, less publicized, form of abuse: financial exploitation. Financial abuse or exploitation can rob a senior of self-esteem and trust, as well as of his or her means of subsistence. It is a serious and shameful crime. When a relative, friend or caretaker exploits an older person and manages to drain away savings, assets and good credit that have taken years to accumulate and establish, the result can be devastating. Read More