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Defending against Senior scams and financial fraud

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The Growing Threat of Senior Scams in New York

Now, more than ever, New York seniors are falling prey to scams perpetrated against them by members of their very own community. Your local handyman, the automotive repair shop right in town and even the home health aide that’s supposed to be protecting your elderly loved ones from harm may be quietly taking advantage of them. How? Doctored Invoices for services not provided, grossly inflated fees, and checks written out to cash by someone other than the senior but signed by them. The manner in which these crimes occur are varied but one thing is always the same: they target the vulnerable. 

At Cona Elder Law, we understand that the impact of these crimes can be devastating, both financially and emotionally, as they exploit the trust and dependence that seniors often place in those around them.

Pursuing Justice for Senior Scam Victims

Unlike scams that occur over the phone or through the internet, which can be challenging to track and prosecute, the local businesses and individuals who defraud the elderly can be identified and held accountable. At Cona Elder Law, we are committed to aggressively pursuing the return of their property through the courts, ensuring that justice is served. We firmly believe that by exposing these malicious actors and seeking restitution on behalf of the victims, we can make a significant impact in protecting our community's senior population.

Unparalleled Expertise in Elder Law Litigation

Cona Elder Law is not just another Elder Law firm comprised solely of elder law, estate planning and estate administration attorneys. In fact, the majority of our attorneys are seasoned litigators which makes Cona Elder Law uniquely qualified to assist seniors who have fallen prey to these scams. By harnessing our comprehensive knowledge and experience, we can effectively navigate the complexities of the legal system and fight for the justice that our clients deserve.

Collaboration with Law Enforcement

In situations where senior scams rise to the level of criminality, we actively collaborate with local law enforcement agencies to bring the perpetrators to justice. We firmly believe that cooperation between legal professionals and law enforcement is essential in combating these predatory practices effectively. Together, we can create a safer environment for our elderly community members and send a powerful message that senior scams will not be tolerated.

Contact One of Our Compassionate New York Attorneys Today

At Cona Elder Law, we are dedicated to protecting seniors from scams and ensuring their rights are upheld. We understand the unique challenges faced by senior scam victims and are passionate about seeking justice on their behalf. Our combination of legal expertise, litigation experience, and collaboration with law enforcement sets us apart in effectively addressing the issues of senior scams. If you or a loved one has fallen victim to a scam, we are here to provide the guidance and legal representation needed to navigate the complexities of the legal system and recover what has been lost. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward reclaiming justice.

Have you ever received a suspicious phone call or email? Your parents or elderly relatives most likely have. Police and prosecutors say scams against seniors are on the rise nationwide.

Here are some common scams targeted towards older adults:

  • Lottery phone scams in which callers convince seniors that a large fee or taxes must be paid before they can receive lottery winnings
  • Grandparent scams which convince seniors that their grandchildren have been arrested and need bail money
  • Romance scams which lull victims to believe that their online paramour needs funds for a U.S. visit or some other purpose
  • IRS imposter schemes which defraud victims by posing as IRS agents and claiming that victims owe back taxes

Protect yourself and your loved ones with these tips:

  • Emails requesting personal information such as Social Security Numbers, bank routing numbers and credit card information should be considered suspicious. NEVER provide this information via e-mail!
  • Verify information provided by callers: if a caller says a loved one is in jail and needs help, call that loved one to verify the information. 
  • Internal Revenue Service officials never call or email demanding immediate payment or threaten to call law enforcement for an outstanding tax bill.
  • Utility companies do not offer to come to your home to pick up cash for outstanding bills. 
  • Ask callers demanding money for outstanding bills for their supervisor’s contact information so you can determine if the call is legitimate.
  • Don’t believe promises of prizes. Don’t provide personal information to anybody promising lottery or contest winnings.

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