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What Seniors Should Watch Out For When Considering Solar

By |2019-04-10T07:03:40-07:00March 19th, 2019|

Contributed by Seth Tilley, General Manager, San Diego County Solar A solar electric system can help many homeowners reduce their monthly expenses while adding value to their home. Unfortunately, the solar industry has attracted some unscrupulous people who target specific populations, such as seniors. Therefore, it is wise for seniors to take extra precautions when

Four Reasons Why Seniors Fall Victim to Financial Scams

By |2019-04-10T07:03:40-07:00March 12th, 2019|

Even when it’s staring them in the face, it’s unnerving how easily an elderly person can miss a financial scam. Granted, younger family members can often spot scams a mile away.  But why do older people fall victim, even when it seems so obvious? Despite seniors’ many years of experience, today’s world has changed drastically.

Four Signs It’s Time to Call an Elder Abuse Attorney

By |2019-04-10T07:03:40-07:00February 20th, 2019|

Elder abuse is a mounting concern. It can occur in the form of either negligence or intentional harm to someone age 65 or older. While there are laws in place to protect the senior members of our community, too often issues slip through the cracks because caregivers and family members don’t recognize the problem. If

Three Things to Remember in Order to Avoid an IRS Scam

By |2019-04-10T07:03:40-07:00February 13th, 2019|

Tax season is near.  This gives scammers the perfect timing to take advantage of fresh victims. These opportunists are always looking for options to scam money out of anyone. Unfortunately, seniors tend to have the highest risk of falling into their traps; they simply don’t see the deception. The National Consumers League estimates that nearly

Warning Signs of Elder Abuse

By |2019-04-10T07:03:40-07:00January 16th, 2019|

Even some of the most proactive loved ones can miss an incident of financial fraud or elder abuse involving an older family member.  It’s not only important to create systems to protect the vulnerable; it’s also essential to watch for signs of abuse. Identifying the warning signs early can help avoid bigger issues in the

Protecting Elderly Family Members at the Start of a New Year

By |2019-04-10T07:03:40-07:00January 9th, 2019|

As the new year unfolds, consider these three safeguards that can help protect your family members more effectively throughout 2019: Improve Financial Systems: Financial fraud is a serious concern, especially when the family member has large sums of money in retirement and bank accounts. Avoid the risk of financial fraud by implementing a few security

Four Steps that Decrease the Risk of Financial Fraud

By |2019-04-10T07:03:40-07:00December 12th, 2018|

There are abundant opportunities for scammers to obtain sensitive information: email, phone calls, letters, and more. Unfortunately, these criminals often target seniors because they tend to have a retirement account and are vulnerable to scams. Are you watching out adequately for your elderly family members to help them avoid the risk of financial fraud? Not

Beware of the “Free Lunch” Scam Targeting Seniors

By |2019-04-10T07:03:40-07:00November 14th, 2018|

Financial abuse continuously threatens seniors nationwide.  One of the newest scams designed to prey on vulnerable populations is the “free lunch for seniors” scam.  Here’s how it works: Seniors are invited to a free lunch event offering them “ helpful” information and education, typically about retirement and their finances. Questionnaires are used to gather information