An Arlington scammer faked brain tumor to get money from kind old man. According to the police investigation the 24-year old woman is accused of getting more than $100,000 from the 84-year old man who has no family alive.
It seems that she used the old man’s money to pay for a car and for her student loans. In order to extract money, she once claimed she has a brain tumor and she needs money for the surgery. The man felt he needed to help her so he gave her $30,000 for the fake surgical procedure.
The woman has been arrested on Wednesday with charges of larceny connected to exploitation scheme.
The two have known each other since a few months ago. The woman was a waitress at a restaurant frequented by the man. In time they cultivated a relationship and she started working for him as a house cleaner.
Over the time she asked him for money several times, using different lies, including an inexistent brain tumor. Investigators say that the total amount he gave her in a period of a few months is about $100,000.
The woman admitted to the investigators that with the money she got for the fake tumor she actually went on vacation in Florida.
An acquaintance of the man who knew about the situation went to the police, which have frozen several bank accounts in her name. Her arraignment is taking place on Thursday in Cambridge District Court and her bail has been set at $200,040.
Senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to scams and more likely to be targeted by scammers if they have no family around. About 90 percent of the scams are committed by people closed to the victim, sometimes even family members – mostly children or grandchildren.
A recent study by True Link Financial revealed that the total cost of elderly scamming is about 12 times more than it has been estimated previously. Senior citizens got scammed for over $36 billion. Before this study, Met Life calculated the sum at about $2.9 billion.
People over 60 years old are 26 percent of the total fraud complains. That makes one in five senior Americans victim of at least one financial fraud. Sometimes people haven’t lost only money to scammers, but also their homes and their independence.
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