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Warning for Las Vegas Seniors: Financial scams abound around the Holidays

Las Vegas Seniors need representation from a Las Vegas Attorney on Financial Exploitation or Elder AbuseFinancial scams abound around the holidays, and it’s long been known that the elderly are more vulnerable. Now, scientists are learning why: New research suggests age-related changes in the brain make it harder to detect suspicious body language and other warning signs that people may be untrustworthy. The prevalence of the crime has already reached epidemic proportions, according to Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and will continue to grow as the Baby Boomers age. Financial exploitation of the elderly — from telemarketing scams to identity theft, fake check scams, and home repair fraud — costs an estimated $3 billion annually, she says, a 12 percent increase from 2008. About 55 percent of it is perpetuated by a family member, Markwood says. “It’s not usually the close children, but the removed relative. And what they tend to do is try to isolate the older person, so no one can see what is going on.”

Source/more: USA Today/ABC News

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