Do you have a elderly parent? Do you worry about the possibility of them being scammed? There are certain things you need to look for to make sure they are not falling for a scam.
Some of those things you need to be careful of is if you parents receive a letter in the mail saying they have won money but, in order to get the money they have pay a certain amount. You would never have to pay money to get money that you won. You will want to keep a close eye on their bank accounts. Just watch to make sure they are not withdrawing a large amount of money at one time. If they are, it would be in the best interest of your parents if you would question them about it.
My office was recently contacted by email. It was from a gentleman who claimed he owned a architect company in London, England. He wanted to sue a wealthy Tulsa resident. He sent me an invoice for his unpaid services. He sent me a contract that was signed and dated. The paperwork he sent looked appropriate. The invoice he sent was for over $87,000. That raised my suspicion. Then he sent another invoice for the exact same amount. Way to much to charge for design services I thought. No wonder the Tulsa client refused to pay. Then we were sent another invoice for $174,000. The contract looked like a good contract. But the signature of the home owner didn’t look right.
I decided this just doesn’t look right. So I did an internet search and determined that someone by the same name did in fact live in Tulsa and did live in a very expensive home worth several million dollars. Well I thought, maybe the contract was legit. I decided as a safeguard to send a letter to the Tulsa homeowner. I sent all the paperwork we had been sent to the homeowner. I asked the homeowner in Tulsa if he made a contract with the company.
A few days later I received back a call. The Tulsa individual stated that he had never heard of the London, England company and they had done no work for him. That the contract did not bear his signature. I warned him that this scam was going around using his name. I suggested that he notify the police department.
The scammer had lots of facts. He picked a rich guy. He knew his name. He picked someone with a wealthy home in Tulsa. Someone less on the alert might have been drawn into this scam. One thing I didn’t mention. I emailed the scammer back and told him I would only accept the engagement if he made a personal visit to my office. He did call, but never actually made it here!
It is a good thing that I took a close look at the contract and the bills and then decided to notify the homeowner. Scammers often work on giving the victim an incredibly good deal. I wonder how much of the pie he would have offered me. Of course he would be short of cash and if I could only advance a percentage of the claim, etc. You see how it works. You get drawn in by your own greed.
This scammer picked on an attorney. Insulting actually to think that he could pull this off with an attorney. Maybe next time he wises up and tries for someone elderly. Might not be too hard to pull off. The scammer made the contract and invoices look real.
You will get scams. Especially through email. i am not sure you should allow an elderly person to have email, if they are demented at all. There are about 50 scams a day that are sent to my email.
An experienced elder law attorney, such as Brent D. Coldiron, is aware of the tendencies of how scams work. Scammers do not care who you are, they just want what suits their own interests.
An experienced attorney, like Brent D. Coldiron, knows what to do for you, to insure that you or your loved ones don’t have to go through these kind of circumstances alone. He knows how to put powers of attorney and a trust and will in place. His fees are reasonable. Contact Brent at (405) 478-5655 or 737-2244. His website is www.coldironlaw.com.