By Senior Estate Planning Attorney Rick Law. Managing Partner and Founder of the Estate Planning Center at Law Elder Law. Law Elder Law is a Multi-generation law firm, serving seniors and their families in Western Chicagoland.
A ruse entry happens when a scammer fakes their way into a senior’s home for the purposes of robbing them. It works best if they can catch seniors out in the yard. They may tell them that they are new neighbors and ask if they could come into the backyard just a couple of seconds and see the garden. What they’re really doing is distracting the senior while someone else comes in the front door and going straight to the bedroom to steal whatever they can.
Scammers have been know to claim that they are from the city’s water department and that they were digging in the yards and hit a line. They say they just need to come in for one minute and check out the basement. They get the senior downstairs, run water, make noise, etc. Meanwhile, the second guy is in the bedroom robbing the senior.
Another scam to be on the lookout for is the door-to-door contractor scheme. An example of that is when men show up and claim to have just finished re-roofing a garage down the street. They say they have extra materials and offer the homeowner a “great deal.” If the homeowner accepts, they will try to get paid up front and then will either do shoddy work or start the job and then disappear.
I always advise my clients to never use people who go door to door to work on the house. People who have good business reputations for house repair don’t go door to door. They have enough business as it is. Never, ever respond to solicitations by e-mail, in person, or on the phone.
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Rick L. Law, Attorney, Estate Planner for Retirees.
Rick was named the #1 Illinois elder law estate planning attorney by Leading Lawyer Magazine. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, AARP Magazine, TheStreet.com, and numerous newspapers and articles. Rick is the lead attorney for Law Elder Law, LLP, focusing in Estate Planning, Guardianship, and Nursing Home Solutions. His goal is to give retirees an informed edge when it comes to dealing with an uncertain future. Get flexible retirement strategies that work during good times and bad, plus information on how you can save your home and assets from being used to pay for long term care. Call 800-310-3100 for your free consultation now!