Wednesday, January 2, 2008

The Con Next Door

The easy going helping hand that lives next to your aging mother is after your inheritance. Yes, I know that's a bold, unfounded and a bit presumptuous. But it's a warning you might want to heed. No, I am not suggesting that you file a police report or call an attorney, not yet at least. I am simply pointing out that friendly neighbors often have frequent and continuing access to your mother. With that type of access comes substantial opportunity to influence, manipulate or otherwise persuade--which should be especially concerning if your mother is infirm or susceptible to outside influences. This not a call for panic, as most helpful neighbors don't have ulterior motives. Instead remember this post like a seed planted in your mind. A yellow warning light of sorts waiting to go off if the helping hand starts reaching into the wrong pocket.

1 comment:

Robin said...

Do you have any suggestions on how to safeguard against criminals taking financial advantage of the elderly? Even though my mother is very independent at 75, she was defrauded out of a significant chunk of change from an investment scheme. She hid the crime for a while, for fear of being seen as incompetent. I want to help protect her from falling prey to these kinds of schemes, but also allowing her to maintain her autonomy. Besides reviewing her finances every few months, what other "checks and balance" system can she put in place?
Thank you,