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Seniors must take care when seeking assistance
February 23, 2018

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To the editor:

I recently read an article in Mr. Eric P. Feichthaler's column from a woman asking about transportation to doctor's appointments and other service she was having provided by strangers who offered to become her Power of Attorney, etc. This makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. There are so many legitimate companies in Health Care that do the services seniors need. Yes, they charge but they also provide employees that are vetted, have had FBI Criminal Backgrounds done, are insured and bonded, will go with them into the doctors and wait for them, take them shopping, take them to the bank so they can do their OWN banking. They would never request to be a Power of Attorney, handle your banking or any other things scammers do to seniors all the time.

If you are approached by people who want to become your power of attorney, want to do you banking, want you to put the house in their name call your local police and report them.

Check the Senior Blue Book for companies locally who can be of assistance. Check with your doctor's office, neighbors, senior centers for information on who you can call.

Be smart, be safe.

Connie Gwin

Cape Coral

Seniors Helping Seniors of SWFL

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