The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm Founder, Victoria L Collier, Cautions Readers To Be Wary Of Phone Calls To Avoid Becoming Scam Victims
Estate & Asset Protection Attorney, Victoria Collier talks about the importance of being cautious when getting phone calls, suggesting loneliness makes older adults perfect targets for scammers.
DECATUR, GA, December 6, 2019: Victoria L. Collier, founder of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, has posted a new blog on her law firm’s website entitled “Don’t Be A Victim Be Wary Instead,” in which Ms. Collier suggests that as the holidays get closer the scammers “kick into high gear.”
Collier writes, “I recently read an article at aarp.org about a recent Senate committee report saying that older adults lose an estimated $2.9 billion each year to financial scams.” She adds, “Of course criminals are going to target the most vulnerable people and adults 65+ are at the top of their lists.”
“According to a 2019 report” says Collier, “there are 10 prevalent scams specifically targeting seniors. In descending order of frequency the scams include, unsolicited calls, including robocalls; sweepstakes and Jamaican lottery scams; computer tech-support scams; elder financial abuse; grandparent scams; romance scams; Social Security impersonation scams; impending lawsuit scams; and identity theft.” She emphasizes, “The number 1 scam, receiving more than 1500 complaints, involved Internal Revenue Service (IRS) impersonators conning their victims out of tens of millions of dollars.”
According to Collier, “Many older adults are lonely and those who live alone are particularly susceptible. With the holidays coming up, the criminals kick into high gear.” She continues adding, “Many older adults do not screen their telephone calls and will talk to anyone who calls. The telephone is one of the most lucrative ways criminals have of contacting their victims. And, the scams persist because the scammers are able to gain the trust and cooperation of their victims by either seducing them or harassing them.”
The entire blog can be read at https://www.elderlawgeorgia.com/blog/dont-be-a-victim-be-wary-instead/
About Victoria Collier
Victoria L. Collier, CELA founded The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm 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.