Local law enforcement and elder law attorneys are sympathetic when they hear of scams aimed at the elderly, but they are often unable to do much. The government has a plan to bring the scammers to justice, according to a recent FBI announcement "Law Enforcement Action Aimed at Those Who Victimize Senior Citizens."
Federal law enforcement officials working with other agencies have announced massive actions taken against the perpetrators of elderly fraud. In fact, 250 people have been charged.
It is believed that those charged were responsible for victimizing one million elderly persons, at a cost of approximately $600 million. This action comes on top of 200 cases filed against individuals for elder fraud issues last year.
Anyone suspecting fraud against the elderly should contact authorities.
Reference: FBI (Feb. 22, 2018) "Law Enforcement Action Aimed at Those Who Victimize Senior Citizens."