Fleecing seniors: Scammers target the elderly for financial abuse

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  • county mom Monroe, UT
    July 16, 2012 6:20 p.m.

    I am now caring for both my ailing parents. I can assure you it is not easy being the sole care giver. Sally I totally agree with you. I put all of their money and some of my own income into their care. Doctors, hospitals, tests and medication are not cheap. My out of state siblings are already fighting for what little our parents have. It breaks my heart for my parents. Yet they are on the same level as those criminal callers who harass my parents with bills for things they didn't order and pleadings for donations, all of it sounds phony to me so, I am the only one to answer the phone.

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    July 16, 2012 2:46 p.m.

    I think the caregiver should be the one who gets the lion's share of the inheritance. My Dad was very sick for two years before he died and my sister was his caregiver. She took care of him, drove him to the doctors, made his meals and eventually even changed his underwear when he became incontinent. They live almost two thousand miles from me so I wasn't much help. When he died, my sister got everything he had. She got his house, his money and everything. I strongly felt that she deserved it. She is the one who took care of him and she deserved to get it all. She did send me some pictures and things from my childhood which were of no worth to her, but I do feel she deserved everything she got.

    We have a pathetic society of predators who feel they must prey on the weak and feeble and feed on their possessions. The elderly need attention and love, but they surely don't need a bunch of vultures circling around them waiting for them to die so they can feed off them and grabbing a bite even before they are gone.

  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    July 16, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    Good article. Lots of helpful tips. I appreciate it, as I am coming to this point with elderly parents. Thank you!

  • sally Kearns, UT
    July 15, 2012 7:41 p.m.

    Sometimes the abused is the family caregiver, not the elderly. Unfortunately some elderly parents expect children to give free care even when only one child is doing all the work. When the parents die, the other siblings want to know where all the money is, yet they have done zero to help out. Isn't it welfare when you give zero in return for goods/services? They have no concern for the one who did all the work. In the end it is really about "how much do I get". So, who is really the thief? We should always consider compensating those who give of their time and energy.

  • markusjbear Foothill Ranch, CA
    July 15, 2012 7:03 p.m.

    My father taught me to never mix Family and Friends with Money. It is so sad to hear how loving people are deceived and abused. The one thought that brings peace to my sole is that we will all stand accountable for our actions and I need only worry about what I have done or have not done.