"When Pamela Glasner's mother died, she and her brother contacted the nursing home to transfer power of attorney for their father to themselves. That's when they learned that their father had signed everything over to a man they did not know.
The person had presented their father a paper in the nursing home and said, "sign here." It was considered legal, and even after her father's death, Glasner is living with the consequences."
It's good to see AG Cuccinelli take this crime seriously!
"A simple rule of thumb is this: If you receive a call asking for personal information or money, never give it. Just hang up," said Cuccinelli. "Only when you initiate the call should you ever consider giving out personal information."
"We have investigated 17,000 complaints of elder abuse in the last full year for which I have data," he said. "We are overwhelmed with concerns, and you can help us spot them," he said.
Persons can contact TRIAD -- "the cooperative effort of law enforcement agencies (police, fire, sheriffs), senior citizens, and senior organizations, focused on reducing crimes against ... seniors."
Many crimes against the elderly go unreported. According to the film Last Will and Embezzlement, this is due to several reasons:
The victim is embarrassed.
The victim feels responsible.
The victim fears retaliation.
The victim fears losing their freedom.
The victim fears losing contact with this person, who may be the only "family" they have.
The victim does not even know they are being defrauded.
"These crimes can happen to anyone anywhere," said Glasner. "It is important that everyone speak up."