Seniors Targeted for Scams

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Aging May Affect Ability to Judge Trustworthiness

(From Reuters) Swindlers stole about $2.9 billion from the elderly in the US in 2010, but seniors’ apparent vulnerability to scams should not be chalked up to simple naiveté.

Researchers believe that brain changes that occur as we age may impair our ability to gauge people’s trustworthiness. When older adults were shown photographs of individuals whose looks were scientifically rated as untrustworthy, they were less likely than younger volunteers to pick up on visual cues that are generally considered red flags.

Reduced activity in an area of the brain called the anterior insula could be a contributing factor. Click link to read more
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    1927 days ago
    thank you for sharing this. My Hubby has made some questionable emoticon decisions to the point that I said, "no purchases by phone". emoticon
    1928 days ago
    My mother wanted new windows in her home & we weren't around to help her pick a contractor. She paid $10,000+ for garbage windows that were worse than her old ones.... So yes it is true but she never signed another contract without us again.

    God bless & thanks for sharing!

    1929 days ago
    All of us have to be careful of scams. I try to be very careful. I used to send the VA donations only because I thought they deserved it but don't send anyone anything through the mail now. I was getting so many letters wanting money I finally wrote them, I am a missionary and I live by faith. I have nothing to give you but if you have anything left over you can send it to me.
    That took care of that. Only one answered and the rest just quit sending letters.
    1929 days ago
    1929 days ago
    That is a difficult one, because we want to believe or see the best in people.
    1929 days ago
    Unfortunately that is true. I can remember that as my Mom got much older, when she would receive letters from Disabled Veterans and places like that, she would see that they suggested she send a certain amount of money for the address labels, etc. -- and she thought it was a bill and she would pay it. She did develop Alzheimer's a few years after that. It's always good to keep an eye on the elders in your family if you have the opportunity.
    1929 days ago
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