Unfortunately, identity thieves do prey on the elderly. There are many reasons why this occurs. The elderly typically are not set up with computers to monitor their checking accounts, savings accounts and credit cards closely. Most of the time seniors get all their personal information sent to them in the mail, which can be easily stolen.
Identity theft in Iowa does occur in nursing homes, as many workers in nursing homes take those positions to gain access to senior citizens in order to take their social security numbers and gain access to their bank accounts, healthcare coverage and more. Sometimes, money is not stolen and bank accounts are not even touched, as the identity thief is more interested in gaining access to the social security number for healthcare or employment needs. These other types of crimes are considered medical fraud and employment fraud, which sometimes go hand in hand with identity theft.
If your mother has been a victim of identity theft in Iowa, it is a good idea to call the Law Offices of Brady Preston Gronlund to talk with a Cedar Rapids consumer and financial fraud attorney today to find out your rights. You can reach our office at (319) 866-9277 for your free legal consultation.