Recent Fraud Stories – Senior Targeted

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Just yesterday a friend witnessed a personal story of elder abuse and FBI fraud. The perpetrators were pretending to be the FBI. I wonder how many other recent fraud stories there are that we won’t here about.

 

Fraud Scams, Stories Abound – Take Notice!

 

If you think the FBI is not busy, take a look at this page showing successful investigations that resulted in convictions so far in 2019. Astounding, and with millions of dollars in fines for those in prison.

The scope of these scams are truly startling. We don’t hear about them on the evening news. They include:

  • Internet donor fraud
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Lottery fraud
  • Health care fraud
  • Government contract in Afghanistan fraud
  • Bank fraud
  • Counterfeit money operation

I could go on, and the first page on that link above is one hundred out of over nine thousand, as of today. You could read the stories for a month!.

 

In Her Backyard

 

Gail Bernstein, my generous friend I’m staying with while my broken leg heals, employs a handy man, a skilled senior who lives in his trailer and boon docks around town. He lives well enough, judging from the clean motor home and Dodge Ram that pulls it.

We don’t know his full story, but he’s not down and out and he himself looks well kept.

Yesterday when Gail went out back to check on his day of work in a backyard artisan shed, he was shaking like a leaf.

He had just received a phone call, allegedly from the FBI. They were on their way to pick him up.

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The person calling him stated that he was a victim of identity theft. It involved his ex, and also involved theft and a murder.

He claimed that the FBI had frozen his bank accounts, and his Social Security benefits.

Most people would be shocked by this information. This senior was rattled and Gail and I were astounded.

Elder Fraud

 

“The FBI has opened 66 economic crime investigations related to elder fraud since March 1, 2018″…”
Its data shows confidence fraud and romance scams aimed at the elderly
accounted for more than $184 million in losses over the past year.” – Results of Elder Fraud Sweep Announced

This man’s life could have fallen apart quickly if he was detained for a couple of weeks, or even days. A boon docker, his home and vehicle would have been impounded, building up about an eighty dollar a day bill. Plus he would not be getting his mail concerning its whereabouts in a timely fashion.

Yes, he could lose everything, fast.

We don’t really know this person, but we felt for him.

The situation seemed drastic. Law enforcement certainly would need to establish that he wasn’t a willing participant in the fraud. It would need to verify his ID details and whereabouts during the criminal activities.

And we could do nothing to help. Gail could only wait to see if he showed up for the next day, or not.

It Is A Scam

 

The following day he showed up. He told Gail that he had called his son who lives in another state, and he looked up the situation and verified it is a scam.

This man is linked to the web by his phone but does not have a handy way of getting online with a computer.

(I know from using the library in a large city, how many seniors and disabled folks practically live there all day, to use the computers.

You can see from the cars parked outside that some of them live in their vehicles. What a sad situation in this wealthy country.)

Just imagine if these scammers had stayed on him and demanded that he text his SS number, birth date, et al, to their office. And then he did.

Fortunately that didn’t happen. I wonder how many terrified seniors did!

elder fraud abuse

Have any of them had heart attacks or strokes over this? Have they lost their life savings?

Scammed People Are Not Stupid

 

Senior generations were raised to respect authority and trust people in official positions. That makes them easy prey for scammers. It is almost incomprehensible the degree of depravity that goes on these days, facilitated by data mining by “respectable” businesses.

“The number of defendants, victims, and alleged financial losses exceeded last year’s figures, when the Department of Justice announced charges against more than 250 subjects and losses of more than $600 million.” – from the linked Elder Abuse article above.

Six hundred million!

When I wrote my article “Reverse Mortgage Risks” I wanted to warn seniors about the possibility of losing their homes, or signing up for an expensive and unfair loan. And, there are reverse mortgage scams.

please explain a reverse mortgage

I had no idea of the frauds going on.

My article Senior Poverty Statistics discusses the numbers and recommends the best place for a person to learn how to write a blog for money, just like this one you’re reading.

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You can learn the basics of small home business blogging, the right way, and engage with a million plus member community. Many of them are seniors who want to make some extra income from home.

I recommend it because I know it is not a scam. People can take a week to view basic site building lessons, and create two sites for free. Those sites will remain on line and belong to you, the creator, even if you do not join the training community.

You will not be asked for a payment method, or any other personal information other than your name and email address.

That’s pretty easy, isn’t it?

Thinking more about Gail’s employee, who is strong and can still work, that isn’t every senior. How long will he be able to earn money? What if he didn’t have family?

Social security or disability benefits can pay for groceries, gas, and sundries. It will not pay for a roof over one’s head. The homeless numbers in this country prove that, and many are seniors.

That’s why I recommend Wealthy Affiliate online training for internet marketing.

 

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Many people are paid commissions by recommending products to the millions that shop online everyday.

It is an ideal job for seniors and disabled people who cannot leave home to work.

 

disabled blog at home for money

 

It is very enjoyable to write about product lines that you love, be it kitchen wares, fishing equipment, electronics and more.

Do you know anyone who has been scammed financially? Please do tell, as these recent fraud stories must be told! Use the comment box below.

 

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6 thoughts on “Recent Fraud Stories – Senior Targeted

  1. Hello Dee. I really appreciate this informative and helpful post on some recent fraud stories. I can categorically support it, that they are true because the pace at which cyber crimes and devilish people are duping other and how innocent are been apprehended wrongly is very high nowadays. Am very happy I didn’t get implicated when I got log out of my facebook account for three day and successful claiming back of my facebook account, this scammmers had use my fb acct  to dupe many of my friends claiming is me. I had to leave the acct and register another. Many ways to help ourselves when scam or dupe instead of staying at home depressed there are several online business to venture into especially affiliate marketing. Am a testimony of this profitable business.

    • Hi Topazdude, and thanks for visiting my blog. It seems that throughout history criminals are ahead of the rest of us. Today it’s easier and faster to keep up the pace!

      I’m glad you got your FB activity straightened out.

      It’s a time waster for all of us, isn’t it? Even if nothing else is lost.

      I agree that affiliate marketing, with the right training, can be profitable. Having a good community like Wealthy Affiliate helps us all stay informed of the ongoing scams!

  2. You provide a great service not only to seniors but everyone. I am a senior and this definitely strikes close to home. The main purpose of your post is to help individuals make a good Blog. You use the scamming of seniors to get people’s attention, And that is an interesting way to do that. 

    By covering so many ways seniors can be taken advantaged of, you are helping seniors to be aware of these diverse situations. 

    I have seen many WA members who have developed websites to attract prospects to the WA Program. But I have found none like yours. That uniqueness will give you an edge, especially with seniors. 

    Way to go in your efforts to create an online business. 

    • Thank you Edwin! I do hope to help seniors with learning to earn some kind of income ( ideally one to cover life’s expenses).

      I am amazed that there is so much to write about for our age group.

      Not that things really change when you hit the over 65 group – but our society has developed so that seniors aren’t necessarily surrounded with family and community. A shame.

      Thankfully online business is a potential option to contribute to our independence and enjoyment of life.

  3. This sounds so exciting and adventurous. I feel tickled by the theme. What an amazingly talented writer you are!

    I’ve really enjoyed reading this article as you’ve provided us with lots of valuable information. this is an exhaustive and helpful article indeed! I must commend you for taking your time to experience every action to revealing these internet scams. I have fall victim several times and i have vowed never to fall victim anylonger

    • Hi Tracy. Scams really are exhausting to experience and get over. They are violating and kind of take the wind out of one’s sails!

      I had never heard of this one and it was a little scary, observing this man’s terror as he could imagine his whole life going down the drain.

      Thanks for your input here today!

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