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Seniors: Watch for the Holiday scams

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How to protect yourself from the mall parking lots scams.

I’ve written several blogs on how seniors need to be prepared, but sometimes we forget and go on ‘automatic.’  Hey, it happens to me, too.

The holidays are no exception. My senior clients are bustling through the malls and shops – and they may be unaware of potential scams.

I’ve talked about scams, Internet and otherwise, but what about the scam in the mall parking lot? What about the people in the parking lot looking for the senior who is preoccupied with something, or maybe nothing, but just simply going through the motions of walking to the car?

Are they looking at their cell phone? Are they fiddling with their keys? Stuffing credit cards in their purse or wallet? Are they holding several packages around their arm?

Whatever they are doing, they are not looking—they’re not aware of their surroundings. Come on folks, there are some bad people out there looking for a vulnerable, easy target!

Take simple measures to protect yourself.

Do not park your car at the end of the parking lot. Park up front. If there is no space available, wait for it. If there is valet parking, use it. It’s worth the five or ten dollars so you don’t have walk to your car alone, especially in the dark.

Once you’re in the car, drive. Don’t stop and look at your e-mails, don’t get out of your car if there is a coupon in your windshield wipers and don’t talk to a stranger approaching your car.

Walk to your car like you mean business, get in your car lock it, and drive away. Go on automatic when you get home, but keep your “game on” the rest of the time.

There’s an old, and I mean old rock tune called, “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes”—it does, and it may be ‘watching you.’

Take my advice for what it is… It’s just, AS I SEE IT!

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About the Author: Leonard F. Baer

Leonard Baer's practice focuses on Elder Law, and Estate Planning. His previous experience was in the area of complex criminal litigation, serving as Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Division for The United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Baer was recognized by the Office of The Attorney General, as one of the top prosecutors in the country during his tenure. He has been included in North Carolina Top Rated Lawyers, a distinction awarded to those lawyers recognized by their colleagues as leaders in their field. He has also been recognized by the Florida Bar, for his efforts in representing seniors and their families, who are victims of scams and fraud. Mr. Baer is an AV rated lawyer listed in Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected for inclusion in their Bar Registrar of Preeminent Lawyers, which for over 90 years, includes only those select law practices that have earned their highest rating. He has been designated by Martindale-Hubbell as preeminent in his field, and in the top 5% of all lawyers practicing in the United States. Mr. Baer has also been ranked by AVVO, an online Legal Directory of over 200,000 lawyers nationally, as Superb, their highest rating. He served as adjunct professor of Sports Law at The University of Miami, and is a frequent lecturer on the topics of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Asset Protection and Fraud Protection. He has been a columnist for several newspapers for over 13 years and currently has a nationally syndicated blog, “As I See It” with a readership of over 25,000. Leonard is a Guest Contributor of The Silver Life and has recently launched a new service called SuddenlySolo1 -

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