Letter: Hopeful scammers stop preying on elderly
Congratulations to Congress for passing The Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act of 2017. There were some no votes and I wonder what those Congressmen were thinking.
I hope this bill has teeth in it so that it will deter unscrupulous scammers that prey on the elderly. Unfortunately, I doubt that it will. The reason for my pessimistic view is the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act of 2003. A great law, but the telemarketers don’t comply and laugh all the way to the bank.
I have signed up all of our phones and at times filled out the complaint forms on line.
I still have calls to forgive my student loans, credit card debt, for home improvements, fix my computer and countless charities.
When I told the telemarketer that I was 70 and I didn’t have any student loans he replied that I sounded much younger. He also wished me a thousand blessings and 70 more years of life. I told him if he didn’t call again that would be a big blessing and my wife doesn’t want me around for another 70 years.
I receive so many calls that if I did have friends they would not be able to reach me.
I seriously hope that this law works, but please remember buyer beware. Consult with family members or trusted friends on financial matters and more importantly just say no.
Steven C. Carfrae