Friday, April 19, 2024

Why must we rob the old of their money?


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When I see how the elderly being scorned and despised Water does come out my eyes. When I see how the elderly being beaten and brutalized Water does come out my eyes. – Eric Lewis (Plight Of The Elderly)
IT?HAS?NOT BEEN UNKNOWN for the vulnerable elderly to be robbed by some of their closest relatives – those in the very abode of the old. Nor for the victims of this financial abuse usually to be suffering from dementia, and therefore not able to recall with any precision the misdeed.
And it doesn’t help that this sordid crime is to a great extent hidden because the very victims, even when fully aware and upset by events, are reluctant to take action against their family members.
These are the atrocities against old people with which most of us are familiar, and which the more conscientious of us in the society rail against.
But now enter the latest exploiter of the elderly – the criminal-minded neighbour. Such a person makes up the brigade of Neighbourhood Snatch. The criminality of this new group is well orchestrated and coordinated, the dreadful sin resulting in deep and costly frustration for mostly unsuspecting elderly people.
Their intelligence and current knowledge “scorned and despised”, a number of women of most recent times have been duped by this dishonest band purporting to be couriers or custom brokers with packages for delivery.
We are told this ugly practice first raised its head last year, but was suspended after word spread in the communities of St Philip – until now. The con artists are back, with three victims admitting they were scammed: elderly women from Ebenezer, Brereton and Sunbury.
A fourth was able in the end to foil the criminals’ thievery.
The intended victims, all St Philip residents of sound mind, were drawn into the net through their simple trust in the goodness of mankind and by a familiarity with their overseas relatives as presented by the criminals.
The simple plan was to call up the elderly victims, inform them there were packages from overseas for delivery to them through a courier company, and that the clearing fee was $200 or $300, plus a $45 delivery fee.
Given the reluctance normally by the elderly to tell others of their mishaps, we were gladdened to learn our St Philip victims had involved the police. We trust the law officers’ investigations will bear fruit.
This money abuse of the aged by the marauding Neighbourhood Snatch is little short of the act of being “beaten and brutalized”.


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