Financial Elder Abuse Door to Door
Fraud May Be Knocking at the Door
Financial elder abuse plagues seniors throughout this country, the State of California and right here in San Francisco. One growing version of financial elder abuse involves perpetrators who come door to door or call on the phone posing as government officials and asking for money. In a recent case, a man swindled an elderly couple out of over $20,000 claiming to be a city official collecting money for street and sewer improvements. If you or someone you know is the victim of financial elder abuse, call Evans Law Firm today at 415-441-8669, and we can help. We only represent those in the State of California.
Intimidation of the Elderly
In this case, a suspicious bank teller uncovered the criminal’s scheme. The perpetrator presented a check for cashing and the teller felt something was wrong. She was right. He had presented a number of checks from the elderly couple, some made out to him and some made out to cash. After the teller alerted authorities, investigators discovered that the man had persuaded the elderly husband and wife to write him several checks for what he claimed was city work to be done outside their home. Of course, he didn’t work for the city and the whole thing was a scam. Sadly, we at Evans Law Firm see these sorts of scams in our practice and advise you to act immediately when you first suspect a problem, either as a potential victim or as a person seeing a scheme perpetrated on others.
If you are a senior, do not accept the story of someone unannounced at your door or calling out of the blue asking for money. Government officials do not conduct government business that way. If you owe a tax or other payment to a government authority, you will invariably find out through an official mailing. Be wary of all requests and always confirm by a phone call to the government agency or, better yet, visit the government office. Take someone you trust along with you as well. Seniors are vulnerable when it comes to money matters, and isolation makes you even more vulnerable. Seek the advice of someone you trust or a professional advisor or counselor.
If you or a loved one been the victim of financial elder abuse in San Francisco County, or in any California county, contact the Evans Law Firm financial elder abuse attorneys at (415) 441-8669, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our attorneys have experience with all types of financial elder abuse, investment and securities fraud and annuity fraud. We can help guide your case through a jury trial, through a FINRA arbitration, or toward an equitable settlement. We handle cases involving physical and financial elder abuse, qui tam and whistleblower law, nursing home abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.