Scam artists prey on senior adults. They use sophisticated and creative tactics that can bamboozle even the most astute individual. This article summarizes 7 of the most common scams. If you or a loved one has been targeted or "scammed," contact an elder law attorney for information and resources on how to respond and protect yourself.

By collaborating with your elder law attorney you can identify and authorize a team of "quick responders" to step in and protect you when outsiders try to take advantage of you. This can be accomplished with carefully tailored language in trusts and powers of attorney. In some situations, an attorney can take legal action on your behalf to recover money or property "scammed" from you. At a minimum, an elder law attorney can put you in direct contact with the appropriate local, state and federal authorities.