Experts: More Seniors Being Targeted For Scams

CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — They’re supposed to be the golden years, but in these bad economic times more and more seniors are instead being victimized – ripped off by people they trust.

Of the more than 10,000 reported elder abuse cases in the state, more than half of them are financial. Yet the actual number is believed to be far higher and on the rise.

As CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez reports, it’s a crime that’s believed to be way under-reported.

It’s usually because the seniors feel ashamed and embarrassed. Even their own family members will often say, “How could you fall for that?”

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One man who talked to CBS 2 took in a homeless couple, but wound up jeopardizing his own financial stability.

“It made me feel kind of dumb for taking a chance on someone,” he said.

The 87-year-old man didn’t want to be identified…

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Posted on November 17, 2011, in Elder Abuse and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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