Shameful scams against the elderly
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Today we highlight some of the shameful acts committed by con artists against the very people who made this country of ours great, the elderly of America.
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I hate all scams, especially those set up to rip off our sick, young, or elderly. For me there can be no punishment great enough to make up for the immense cost and worry some of these so-called men or women of substance have put our senior citizens through, perhaps after reading this, you the reader can help me out
I first got the idea for writing this short narrative after reading an excellent article written by a Miriam Cross, an Associate Editor working at Kiplinger's Personal Finance.
While reading her wonderful insights, I found myself transported back many years when, while visiting an elderly aunt who was suffering from the early onslaught of dementia, (anyone who has witnessed a loved one going through this horrid, terrifying disease will vouch for the fact that it is indeed terrible to behold) anyway on with our story
On entering her small kitchen, I could see her sitting hunched over the kitchen table, trembling and sobbing with grief, in her trembling hands she had a little brown envelope which contained what looked like an official-looking note. Once I had made myself known, she offered me the letter to read
It was a letter from an apparent national evangelical church (which I will refrain from naming) informing her that they had not received their monthly subscription from her
The short letter went onto say that God would take a very dim view as to her failings, before going onto say that they would evaluate the conditions she would need to comply with before standing any chance entering heaven through the pearly gates
The note ended by informing her that she had just seven days to pay the outstanding amount
Authors note: Unfortunately, the poor woman died just two days later
The worst thing about the above example is that these types of scams continue even today, and unfortunately for whatever reason, some of us unintentionally help these crooks by sweeping any knowledge of their existence under the carpet.
Below are just a couple more of these hideous crimes
Phishing scams set up primarily to entrap the elderly are rife as; unfortunately, through no fault of their own, they make easy targets.
Official-looking emails which for all purposes look like they originated from government offices, especially the IRS, are a standard ploy of some phishing gangs, some even threaten arrest over unpaid taxes unless the victim sends by return email, confidential information which will make it easy for them to steal an individuals identity
I recently spoke to a little old lady who after losing her husband, was contacted by a phishing company who had read about her husband's demise in a local newspaper, once they had finished with her they had emptied her bank account leaving her almost destitute
How did they do this? Simply by enrolling her in a non-existent retirement home database which would ensure that when she was ready to move into a retirement home, one would be available to her, of course in order to be entered into this non-existent data based the crooks required her date of birth, social insurance number, her maiden name and of course her bank details, all of which, being the trusting individual she was, she gave without a second thought
Younger people may wonder why someone would even contemplate parting with this sort of information; however, if you are one of these it may well be worth remembering that some of these older people are very lonely, and have over time, become exceptionally socially isolated
Others, moreover, are displaying the beginnings of cognitive decline and with our population ever ageing more and more of our older people will it is quite clear, fall victim to what has become a despicable ageless crime
How far will these dregs of society sink to get money out of our elders? As far as they need, one horrific example of their unscrupulous behaviour can be seen in the following example
The internet is awash with details of our personal life, if you do not believe this, just go on "Facebook" or for that matter any other social media platform and do a quick search
Once inside "Facebook" it is then simple to glean whatever info you like, a single named picture of a grandchild standing in his or her school playground is all a fraudster requires, he already has your name, and nine times out of ten they know where you live as they have seen this on your profile, from then on it is easy for them
Armed with this info, the trickster will then contact you, pretending to be one of your grandchildren and are in trouble, they will tell you anything, just as long as they get you emotionally entrapped
Their story usually ends with a request for money to be sent to them either via PayPal or some other cashing facility
Our advice to you if you should receive such a call is to hang up and call your real grandchild and check to see if it was him or her calling.
The above remedy does seem simple, however, for some unsuspecting already socially isolated people, the thought of just checking out the story before parting with their money, sometimes never crosses their mind, thus making this horrid example one of the most used tricks utilised by phishing gangs
Unfortunately, I am sad to say there are many others, too many for this short narrative, so please keep an eye on the people who made this country what it is today and help them live in both peace and safety
Well, folks, that is the end of this short narrative, and I thank you all for taking the time to read it, it is most appreciated
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