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Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care® introduces a video series on scams and fraud and how to help your senior loved one from becoming a victim.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation lists several common scams that you should watch out for. They are health care or health insurance fraud, counterfeit prescription drugs, funeral and cemetery fraud, fraudulent anti-aging products, telemarketing fraud, internet fraud, investment schemes and reverse mortgage scams.

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  1. September 22, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Posted by Terri

    Thank you for the information on professional and well organized scams. The ones I find most scary are the insidious, within the family, sneaky thieves who get a confused elderly loved one to sign checks for huge amounts without any one else knowing. How do you prevent, or manage or prosecute a person like that?

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  2. September 13, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Posted by Penny LaHaye

    I was hoping you would include the number for the Do Not Call List. Thank you

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  3. September 13, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Posted by George

    I live in a somewhat isolated community. It's main access is by either plane or ferry and I guess that slows down a lot of the physical confrontation with fraudsters. I have spent a lot of time trying to find the statement where it says that upon a person's 65 birthday they automatically become feeble minded. I find messages on my answering machine from time to time asking me a question and telling me to push a certain number(and they will help me to get a thousands of dollars phone bill), or another one is they will help me to lower my loan interest rates. I haven't had a loan in over twenty years. It costs me a few dollars but I now have caller ID. I make probably 3-5 personal calls a week. I recieve maybe 5 personal calls in that time period. I get probably 20-30 calls from sources I don't know and now I let them go through to the answering machine. I return none that have no message. I ask questions of more than one source if I don't know about something. I never give money to anyone if I can't afford to lose it. So far these things have served me well. I think somewhere in the bible it says something about even a devil can appear as an angel of light. I pray seniors are looked after. I suppose that at some point I might have to give someone power of attorney but that I'll cross when I have to. Thank you for your videos and God bless you and your work.

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  4. September 13, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Posted by Marie Nolan

    Thank you for educating the public about this important topic. By increasing our awareness we can all protect the vulnerable seniors in our lives.Your ongoing series on caregiving is a valuable resource.Continue to pay it forward with your good work!

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