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COYLE & WYTYCHAK

ELDER LAW NEWS

 

June 2019, Volume 2, Issue 18

 

WHAT IS GOING ON?

PARKING UPDATE- There are now tenants in the long- abandoned property to the East of us on Garden, and

they have asked us to request that our clients not park in that parking lot. We have plenty of street parking and

you can always use our driveway as long as it is not already occupied.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior will be presented by the Alzheimer’s Association

on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 1 to 3 pm at the Area Agency on Aging in Coeur d’ Alene. Contact (800)

27203900 for details.

We will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019 for Independence Day.

We now accept credit cards through our website, www.CWELP.com! Click on the “Payments” tab on the home

page to be directed to the LawPay website.

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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself,

 

any direction you choose.”

- Dr. Seuss

 

AGING AND FINANCIAL VULNERABILITY- BY REBECCA EYMAN

It is estimated that seniors lose $36 billion a year from financial fraud. Those who have been scammed know

that the results can be devastating and getting your money back nearly impossible.

Unfortunately, seniors are more likely to be targeted by scammers than younger generations. This is in part

because seniors have retirement and savings set aside that can be targeted. A 2016 study indicated that people

over 50 years of age own 83% of the wealth in America. Seniors can also suffer from cognitive decline or

socially isolation, making them vulnerable to financial abuse. However, new research has suggested that as we

age, changes in our brains make us less likely to be able to recognize a scam.

Doctors have focused their research on older people who are otherwise on the ball – no memory loss, no

confusion, and no cognitive impairment – yet they appear to be at a higher risk of being abused financially by a

stranger or family member. It appears that as we got older, our brains start to have more trouble recognizing

when someone is trying to mislead or cheat us.

 

Until scientists find a way to combat this change in the aging brain, awareness of the most common types of

scams is a good way to protect yourself.

Some common signs of a scam include:

 Fake phone call from jail: Some scammers call older people and try to trick them into believing their

grandchild has been arrested and needs bail money immediately. Receiving such a call would be

extremely stressful and it’s tempting to react quickly, but it’s best to verify this information first before

sending money by calling another family member or the jail directly to confirm the situation.

 Computer speed: Be extremely cautious of an unsolicited promise to make your computer run faster.

Never, under any circumstances, should you allow remote access to your computer to a stranger. The

result is often the installation of spyware, malware, or ransomware, which can be very difficult to

remove.

 IRS/outstanding warrant: Frequently, scammers claim to be from a government agency, including the

IRS, Social Security Agency, or a law enforcement agency. The goal is to frighten you by making you

believe you owe back taxes or that there is a warrant for your arrest. Remember, these agencies will

never contact you by telephone. Important notices will arrive via mail.

 Gift cards: It’s very common for scammers to request payment in the form of gift cards. If any

individual claiming to be from the IRS, a law enforcement agency, or a business requests that you

provide gift cards, be immediately wary.

 Pop-up messages: Pop-up messages on your browser can look very official. Sometimes, a pop-up can

tell you that a computer virus has been detected, or that you’ve won a prize. Pop-ups can even use logos

from companies to look more legitimate. Be wary of pop-ups, and install pop-up blockers on your

browser to avoid these pitfalls.

 Prizes and sweepstakes: Remember: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Be cautious of

winning prizes or sweepstakes out of the blue. Many times, scammers will attempt you to pay for “fees”

up front to receive your phony prize.

When it comes to unsolicited phone calls or online offers, it’s good to use the “smell test” – if it stinks, there’s

likely something fishy going on. If you’re not sure if the contact you have received is a scam, consider reaching

out to a family member or law enforcement to be absolutely sure. The Federal Trade Commission and

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau also have helpful resources on recognizing scams and what to do if

you’re the victim of fraud.

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