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Recently I have attended presentations and read various articles and campaigns spreading awareness about elder abuse. It is valuable information that must be passed on. There are different types of abuse that can occur, but in this article I’m particularly focusing on financial elder abuse.
An Example of Financial Elder Abuse
Kelly Phillips Erb, tax attorney and tax writer for Forbes.com, recently blogged about tax scammers (article can be found at Forbes site). Scammers are calling victims and telling them that they owe money to the IRS which must promptly be paid. The scammers pose as the IRS by stating IRS badge numbers, and using other techniques to make it appear that it is in fact the IRS calling. Victims are then advised to load funds onto a debit card or to immediately wire funds to avoid further and more serious collection efforts by the IRS.
My understanding is that the use of these one-time preloaded debit cards makes it near impossible to track down the scammers. Once the money is transferred over to them, it’s gone. These scams can occur in various forms, often in the form of a contest or sweepstakes, where a victim is then convinced to hand over their personal information such as their social security numbers.
Tips to Keep You Safe from Elder Abuse
San Diego’s District Attorney’s office is aware of the regular occurrence of these crimes and has committed to preventing and prosecuting elder abuse. I recently learned these ten tips from Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood, lead prosecutor of elder abuse cases in San Diego County, for keeping one safe from elder abuse:
Christine Ellingsen is a Northern California native now practicing law as an estate planning attorney in Carmel Valley San Diego at the Barger Law Group, APC. She spent a year in New York working in the business sector before moving to Southern California to attend law school at the University of San Diego. She is happy to have started her law career in San Diego and to now call Encinitas home, where she keeps busy between exploring Coastal North County and training her new puppy.