Protecting Texas Seniors
AUSTIN, September 29, 2015 - While, anyone can be a victim of fraud, senior citizens are often considered more attractive targets for scammers. Maybe it’s because they grew up at a time when more people were true to their word. Or they are typically home more often, and therefore more likely to answer the phone or a knock on the door. Or even because technology has evolved so rapidly in their lifetimes, they are often unaware of the dangers that lurk behind their computer screens.
My office protects senior consumers by taking legal action under the Deceptive Trade Practices Act and other consumer protection statutes. While my team and I are committed to protecting seniors and all Texans against fraud, the best form of protection is always to avoid becoming a victim.
The following provides information on some of the most common scams.
While the aforementioned scams provide scenarios of strangers exploiting anonymous victims, financial abusers are often close to the victim and may include a family member, neighbor, caregiver, or a professional hired by the victim, such as an accountant or attorney. Remain vigilant by regularly checking bank account information and credit card statements for withdraws or charges that are unfamiliar. Keep money, valuables and important documents – such as your social security card and bank account information -- hidden from plain view of others entering your home. Don’t feel pressured by others to do anything you don’t want to do, even if the request comes from a caregiver or member of your family.
For more information on protecting yourself or your loved ones against some of the most common scams targeting seniors, please visit the Senior Protection page of the Office of the Attorney General website at https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/seniors/senior-texans-page. To find information to report fraud or elderly abuse, please visit https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/seniors/elder-abuse.