On October 18th I participated in another seminar focusing on elder fraud. The seminar was held at the Country Walk Clubhouse in Whiting and I was joined by Cindy Boyd from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and Donna Gould from Investors Bank. This is the second time I had the opportunity to participate in this type of seminar with these two knowledgeable individuals. Donna, with her banking background, brings a wealth of knowledge about how to protect your identity from identity theft. Cindy is on the front lines of the Prosecutor’s Office and is dealing with elder scams on a daily basis. Cindy educated all those present as to which scams are currently “hot” right now. Cindy’s tales of caution can be quite alarming when you hear her tell how relentless these unsavory characters can be in trying to scam the elderly. Of course, coming from the legal end of things, I advised everyone to name trusted individuals as agents for all estate planning documents.
Although I enjoy participating in any seminar that’s topic focuses on elder law, this particular seminar I find to be truly beneficial because we can all learn something from it and, hopefully, such education will protect us from becoming a victim.