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Conning The Elderly Update

Updated on December 3, 2010

Conning The Elderly Update


Awhile back, I wrote an article about this very topic. Just after my Dad passed away I wrote about a man who had moved in with my Dad and took advantage and stole from him and conned him out of money. Fortunately, it wasn't for great amounts, just small amounts($10, $20 at a time) nevertheless money the con man had no right to.

I've had several people contact me and leave comments about the problems they are having with this very same thing and I truly sympathesize. I was fortunate that my Dad was very tight and not medicated where he couldn't get his thoughts together. If you would like to contact me directly you can do so on my blog at by looking under my profile. I'm not sure what I can do to help but anything I can do I will and I can offer support. I very much feel for the people going through this. It is very traumatic when someone takes over an elderly person's life for the sheer purpose of stealing their money and the elderly don't/can't see it. This is a problem that needs more attention and interference when it comes to the police and the court systems. I'm not advocating that elderly people's rights be cut. But when people start doing things that are out of the ordinary for the vast majority of the population then their competence needs to be questioned.

I've been busy trying to get everything in order so I've been off HubPages for awhile.

A couple of months ago I had to make an unplanned visit to another state where Dad owns a house because it had been broken into. My husband is convinced the con man made his way to the house and ransacked the house. What leads him and my aunt to somewhat the same conclusion is the person that broke in spent several hours in the house. The person(s) even went to the bathroom(I know this because the person took the time to lay tissue paper on the toilet seat) something my aunt and husband thought odd for a man.

After dad's passing I found out there was not just the woman that was supposedly the con man's girlfriend but another woman too which I've never found out who she really is.

I've now found out this a big problem, a bigger problem than I first realized.

There are a couple of things I want to address. First, if your parent is medicated(with drugs like morphine or other pain/nerve medicines) I find it hard to believe the person can be considered legally competent. I'm not a lawyer however so cannot advise on this. What I do advise is seeking the guidance of an attorney to see what can and can't be done.

Secondly, if anyone out there thinks that signing over property to someone else whether it be a child or someone else to avoid a nursing home is foolish and will not work. This may depend on the state but it is my understanding that signed over property can be reversed up to ten years. Again, if you have questions concerning this, it's best to seek legal counsel.

If you would like to contact me you can do so directly by going to my blog at Thank you for reading.


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