Estate & Asset Protection Attorney, Victoria Collier talks about the dark web, how cybercriminals specifically target seniors, gain access to private information and use it to take over financial accounts and open credit cards in their name without their knowledge. She also offers ways to deter the cybercriminals.
DECATUR, GA, November 20, 2018: Victoria L. Collier, founder of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, has posted a new article on her law firm’s website entitled “Seniors Continually Targeted On Dark Web,” in which Ms. Collier provide a deeper look into the dark web and offers solutions to help readers become unappealing to cybercriminals
Collier states, “Seniors have historically been targets for con artists and scammers of all variations.” She adds, “Seniors have worked during their lives to save for retirement and, then along comes some scam artist to con them out of their hard-earned monies.”
“Today, people are getting more savvy to scams that come over the telephone and, often (but not often enough) they put into place Estate and Asset Protection Plans,” says Collier. She further adds, “But now we live in the digital age, and again seniors are the primary targets of cyber criminals on the dark web. An Estate and Asset Protection Plan will ensure that your assets are distributed the way you want and can prevent lawsuits from gaining access to your assets. But, if your assets are accessible to cyber criminals there is no asset protection plan that can prevent them from stealing from you.”
Collier points out that, “AARP has recently published an article that gives great detail into the workings of the dark web. In case you haven’t read it, or don’t want to read the entire article, I’m going to highlight some of the points that I consider relevant for every person, especially seniors.”
According to Collier, “The article is the result of interviews with two cyber criminals – one spent time behind bars – who have decided to become good guys and help law enforcement catch active cyber criminals. They describe the dark net as being like the bottom of the ocean vast, while the Internet that we use is described as being like the surface of the ocean.”
“According to the article, “ writes Collier, “Seniors are prime targets because they are more likely to have money and better credit.” In addition, Collier says the article reported that, “stolen profiles of seniors are the easiest to acquire and are the least likely to become compromised, because most seniors don’t check their accounts.” Meaning they don’t go online to check their bank and financial accounts. In fact according to the AARP, “Only 1 in 3 individuals over 65 have online access to all of their bank accounts for monitoring purposes, greatly reducing their ability to check for illegal activity.”
Collier cautions readers to, “Keep in mind that the dark web is not accessible to everyone. You must have special software to get in. Anyone can get the software and criminals are the biggest customer base. Remember this when you see or hear ads that tell you they can scan the dark web to see if you’re vulnerable to identity theft. These companies cannot get behind the “paywall” that only a crook with the URL can access.”
The entire article can be read at https://www.elderlawgeorgia.com/seniors-continually-targeted-on-dark-web/
About Victoria Collier
Victoria L. Collier, CELA founded The Elder & Disability Law Firm of Victoria L. Collier, P.C. to serve the legal needs of seniors when their health care needs increase. Victoria is also Co-Founder of Collier Scott Financial Solutions, LLC. At both firms WE BELIEVE that people should not have to lose everything they’ve worked a lifetime to earn and that every person is an individual who deserves respect and the highest quality of life possible, regardless of age or ability.
Victoria enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during Desert Storm, 1989-1995, and also served in the U.S. Army Reserves, 1Lt. 2001-2004, JAG Corps. Victoria is a national expert on the VA Wartime Pension for veterans and their widows who need additional assistance with activities of daily living and helping them qualify for and receive tax-free income from the VA to pay for it. Victoria graduated from Valdosta State University with a B.A. in Psychology and then University of Nebraska, College of Law. In 2014, Victoria was awarded with the Alumni Master Award from the University of Nebraska.
Victoria is a Certified Elder Law Attorney through The National Elder Law Foundation and has been named as the only attorney in Georgia as “Fellow” of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Victoria was appointed by Governor Perdue to the Georgia Council on Aging, 2010 – 2016 and was awarded Dekalb County Veteran of the Year, 2013. She is the author of 47 Secret Veterans Benefits for Seniors; Paying for Long Term Care – Financial Help for Wartime Veterans: The VA Aid & Attendance Benefit. Victoria has co-authored several books: Blooper Episodes in Estate Planning, Don’t Go Broke in a Nursing Home, and Protect Your IRA: Avoid the 5 Common Mistakes. Most notably, Victoria co-authored the National Best Seller, The Road to Success, with Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
About The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm
The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm was established to serve the legal needs of retiring citizens. The Firm focuses its entire practice on providing strategies to protect independence, privacy, assets and taxes from the government. Victoria Collier has grown her law practice and financial services practice by providing excellent customer satisfaction with personalized wealth protection plans.