Imagine this: As you purchase your home, your emails get hacked, and soon, without your knowledge, you are talking with someone who will scam you. You think it’s the same title company you have been working with for the past month. They tell you where to wire the money, and you do, only to find out the $200,000 didn’t go towards purchasing your new home; it went to a scammer. This is exactly what happened to a retired teacher in Colorado.
A real estate and online scam can happen to anyone. But scammers frequently target older adults because they perceive them to be more vulnerable and easier targets.
Unfortunately, it’s not easy to spot a scammer. These people may call or email you and be polite, charming and even friendly.
Here are some warning signs that the situation may be a scam.
The level of scams is increasing, and you’re not the only one to be a target. Therefore, do not be afraid to hang up the phone and verify by looking up and calling the actual business yourself. You are not being rude; you are protecting yourself.
Do not be ashamed if you think someone has scammed you; it happens to many people – this is why scammers are out there. But there are some steps to take immediately:
Are you worried someone you care about may have been scammed and needs safeguards? Call us to schedule a consultation with the experienced guardianship attorneys at Estate and Probate Legal Group. Call us at 630-864-5835.
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