Protect Your Family

Each year, millions of seniors are conned out of their savings, whether it's through the internet, mail, phone or someone they know personally. Alan Kopit, legal editor of, shares some tips on how to stop older family members from getting scammed.
Fraud comes in many forms - unscrupulous charitable solicitations, telemarketers trying to sell you something, and get-rich-quick schemes being pushed over the internet. How often has someone walked up to you on the street and given you $1,000? The answer is no doubt never, yet people are scammed everyday by people who intrude on their privacy in perhaps more subtle ways with promises of easy money. Seniors and their families need to pay particular attention to scams aimed at the elderly.