In-home Assistance for Elderly near Poway Theft

Bank Teller Steals Senior’s Money

In-home Assistance for Elderly near Poway Can Fight Crime

All family members of seniors and in-home assistance for elderly near Poway should take great care to protect them from scams, fraudulent schemes, and other forms of organized financial abuse. Guarding a senior’s email account, phone, and front door are all important. But even simple, everyday activities such as grocery shopping and visiting the bank can open the door to theft. How can we keep our loved ones safe from “opportunistic” criminals?

Don’t Trust This Banker

Recently, a teller working at a bank in Connecticut was caught stealing thousands of dollars from an elderly customer. He did so by accessing the customer’s account shortly after she left the bank, presumably to make it appear that she had made the transaction while she was there. When the family became aware of the large withdrawals, law enforcement investigated and caught up with the teller. He had quit his job and moved to Florida, but was brought back to Connecticut to stand trial for the theft.

Vulnerable Seniors are Targets

It may seem like there is little that a family member or professional caregiver could have done to prevent the crime described in this story. But it is very possible that the mere presence of a capable companion would have been enough to deter the teller from stealing money from the senior’s account. Many criminals count on a senior being too absentminded, confused, or forgetful to really understand when they have been taken advantage of. We can only speculate how many seniors have been stolen from, but never reported the crimes because they couldn’t clearly describe what had happened.

Safer with In-home Assistance for Elderly in San Diego County

All it takes is a stolen purse, a thief copying down a credit card number, or a bank teller helping himself to a senior’s bank account, and an elderly person can face serious financial trouble. In-home assistance for elderly in San Diego County can watch for potential dangers like these while transporting clients to the bank, the grocery store, and other locations around town.

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Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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