In-home Care Rancho Bernardo Neighbor Scam

In-home Care in Rancho Bernardo: Do You Know Your Neighbors?

A Fraud Warning from In-home Care in Rancho Bernardo

A neighbor stops by your house to “borrow” a cup of sugar. You don’t expect to get the sugar back, of course, but you don’t mind giving it up, and you might even get some cookies in return! But some neighbors are capable of taking advantage of those with giving natures, and if vulnerable seniors are involved, things can get out of hand quickly. A court conviction in Rochester, Minnesota shows just what is possible.

Borrowing Turns into Fraud

Without in-home care in Rancho Bernardo, it’s very hard to know who is knocking on a senior’s door during the day. In Rochester, an elderly couple was glad to help their neighbor when she had some small financial needs that she told them about. But before long, the neighbor saw that the couple would believe nearly any story she told them, writing checks to meet whatever needs she invented. By the time the couple’s family and lawyer realized what was going on, their savings had been drained of an incredible $840,000.

Lost Money

The senior couple was, of course, crushed to learn that their neighbor had been simply lying to them in order to fund her own dreams of living in luxury. The thief did receive a prison sentence of five years, but will not be able to pay back the money that was lost. The family now has some difficult decisions to make in light of the loss of decades’ worth of saving for retirement.

Averting Fraud with In-home Care in San Diego County

Sadly, seniors often don’t spot fraud as easily as younger people. In most cases, the simple presence of in-home care in San Diego County is enough to scare off a potential con man or woman. A thief may appear in the form of a random phone call, or in the form of a neighbor that shows up at the door to ask for money to meet a need that doesn’t exist.

Tim Colling
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 and to 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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