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  •  Thank you that would be wonderful. (4+ / 0-)

    Yes, I have gone through the gambit of reasons why we need wills, end of life planning with my parents. I get a cursory agreement but no action. I have even asked my dad to just do a holographic will at least so when the time comes there is something in writing. My parents don't really have much in the way of assets but still will be messy as my father has bank accounts without my mother being on the account. We do not know what insurance he may or may not have and neither does my mom. It is frustrating as time is slipping away and still no progress.

    I would love your advice on the junk mail ridding and financial management. I am still trying to get Publishers Clearing house to quit sending my mom stuff. I think they are crooks. She says she gets stuff that she never ordered but since she doesn't remember if she did or not she pays the bill. Sounds like a scam to me. Preying on the elderly knowing they may not recall ordering their junk.

    If you would refer an email to me so we can connect. I do not want to publish my email address on DK as I had a bad experience when first joining with someone that took exception to my comments and got harassing emails about it.

    Thanks!

    •  It took my partner two years of constant writing (6+ / 0-)

      and calling to recoup 5000 dollars of the 50,000 dollars that her mother lost to scam artists preying on the elderly in her area.  It was worse than grim to do the work, and she grew totally disgusted at how many execrable, immoral people there are out there who feel no compunction at all about ripping old people off.  But she did get back some of the money and that made her feel really vindicated.

      That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

      by concernedamerican on Mon May 27, 2013 at 11:14:02 AM PDT

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      •  It is disgusting. (4+ / 0-)

        Back in December I called Publishers Clearing and asked that my mom be removed from their mailing list. They agreed and even gave me a confirmation number. While visiting in April I took a phone call and it was Publishers Clearing calling to verify renewal of subscriptions to magazines. I told the lady on the phone to remove my mom from the list and cancel the subscriptions - she hung up on me.

        Where in the hell are our politicians in protecting the elderly from scammers? It should be against the law to target the helpless. My dad was a victim of the scam where someone calls pretending to be the "grandson" in jail somewhere and please bail me out. My dad took the call went right down to Wal-Mart and wired the money without asking anyone (my sister) or inquiring about it. Sometime later he talked with my nephew on the phone and asked if he made it alright out of Canada and of course my nephew told him "I did not go to Canada grandpa". Right then he knew he had been scammed out of $3500.

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