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A 101-year-old woman’s hired caregiver stole nine checks from the woman and then forged her signature, stealing $63,000 in two weeks. A nephew convinced his elderly aunt to trade in her $1.7 million bond portfolio and buy stock in his one-year-old oil and gas firm that had not done any business. A social worker assigned to an elderly woman in a hospital used his position to gain access to her house, mail, and bank accounts. He promised to pay all her bills and then wrote himself checks from her account. These are just three examples of the numerous elderly identity theft victims who must now attempt to reclaim their identity from known and unknown violators.

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June 2004


Identity theft

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