Much of this blog’s focus is on the care provided to Illinois nursing home residents and senior citizens. Far too often care providers make basic mistakes and give minimal effort to ensuring the safety and proper treatment of these vulnerable community members. Besides the negligent conduct of certain individuals, seniors also remain open to being taken advantage of willfully by criminal predators.
Elderly financial scams remain a prevalent problem in many parts of the country. Many criminals find it useful to target seniors who suspect to be easy to cheat out of financial savings in a variety of schemes. San Diego News reported recently on a set of scams targeting seniors that have police on alert.
Local crime stoppers and investigators are currently seeking assistance to get a handle of two suspects who have been involved in a variety of financial scams. In the latest ruse, the two con artists (one man and one woman) posed as roofing inspectors following heavy rains. The two contacted seniors, who often unsuspectingly invited them inside their home to inspect their roof.
After gaining access to the home, the two-person criminal team splits duties with one member distracting the senior while the other looks for valuables inside the home. Fortunately, the victims have yet to be physically harmed in the scams but many have lost a variety of possessions.
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti encourage all seniors and their loved ones to be diligent about these possible financial risks. Financial exploitation remains a devastatingly common occurrence among seniors in our area. The best way to squelch the problem is the use of preventative measures. All seniors should be made aware of common scams and remain vigiliant about anyone who seeks personal information or access to ones valuables.
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