All across the United States, seniors are getting calls from nice people with a sinister agenda, to con them out of their hard earned money. A friendly handyman may show up at your door with a great deal on a new roof or gutters for your house. Your mom may get a bogus email from one of the grandchildren asking her to wire money right away because he's stranded in a foreign country and can't get home.

According to the National Consumers League, seniors represent 60 percent of those calling its National Fraud Information Center. Seniors are targeted by scammers because they are eager to help and can be swindled with a good sob story or promise of a contest windfall. Meet Bill, an 83 year old retired accountant who lives in St Louis, Missouri. Bill was targeted by several scammers and lost $70,000, lured by the promise of contest winnings and vital home repairs. Bill's step-son Art Maines, a therapist in private practice, went on a crusade to help Bill recover financially and emotionally from these crimes and to prevent other families from suffering like Bill did. Art researched elder fraud, consulted with attorneys, detectives, police offices and gerontologists. Based on his extensive research and his personal experiences helping Bill, Art was able to help Bill recover from his experiences. Art then began a crusade to help other families learn about scams and prevent them. His ground-breaking research and techniques are now available in an easy-to-read book.
Meet Bill, a Scam Victim Who Recovered

Scammers take advantage of anyone who will listen. Bill is a savvy and intelligent senior who was targeted by multiple scammers, only because he believed their lies and grew up in an era where people could be trusted. Listen to his story here.

Scammed: 3 Steps to Help Your Elder Parents and Yourself provides a panoramic perspective and simple breakdown of the seemingly endless array of scams that target the elderly with a battle plan to protect and prevent. It will be quite useful and I recommend it!

Detective Joe Roubicek, Author of Financial Abuse of the Elderly; A Detective's Case Files of Exploitation Crimes www.exploitationelderly.com

The elderly are easy targets for fraudsters and when scammers strike your own parents, you all suffer. This book will help you protect yourself and your family as well as resolve the conflicts with confidence.

Mari J. Frank, Esq., author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Recovery from Identity Theft and Safeguard Your Identity

Scammed is an excellent guide to helping your parent avoid the predators out there. It is easy to understand, practical, evidence-based, thorough, and analytical. A must have.

Kortner Nygard, Ph.D., Geriatric Psychologist

As a geriatric social worker, I have too often seen the devastating impact of seniors who have been scammed, and I am always looking for tools to protect my seniors. Art's book is very helpful. He skillfully integrates theory with practical advice. This book will greatly benefit professionals who work with seniors, and the adult children of senior parents.

Warren Lind, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., ASW-G

This is an important book for anyone with elderly parents. It is comprehensive, compassionate, and straightforward in its approach. It can help anyone who is concerned with the safety of their parents and their assets.

Gregory W. Lester, Ph.D.

I have seen firsthand the damage scam artists cause their victims. Unfortunately, it is our elders who are targeted most frequently and suffer the worst consequences. I am so happy Scammed is available to not only educate the elderly and their loved ones on how to prevent scams, but to help those scammed clean up the destruction left behind. Everyone can benefit from reading Scammed: 3 Steps to Help Your Elder Parents and Yourself because education is essential to preventing this form of destruction.

Officer Melissa Doss, Community/Media Relations, St. Peters, Missouri, Police Department

This is an important book for anyone with elderly parents. It is comprehensive, compassionate, and straightforward in its approach. It can help anyone who is concerned with the safety of their parents and their assets.

Dr. Jim Fogarty, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and national trainer on emotional manipulation.

This is an important book for anyone with elderly parents. It is comprehensive, compassionate, and straightforward in its approach. It can help anyone who is concerned with the safety of their parents and their assets.

Jennifer L. Abel, Ph.D., author of Active Relaxation www.activerelaxationthebook.com

No book has ever tackled the subject of financial predation of the elderly like Scammed. The book is refreshingly practical and insightful. It's a must-read for anyone dealing with this, either professionally or personally.

Steven A. Harvey, MD

Art Maines' book, Scammed: 3 Steps to help your Elder Parents and Yourself provides a fascinating look at the psychology behind both the victim and the scammer. In addition, the suggestions, advice and assessments are useful for all of us to use with our aging parents. I will now use some of this information to educate and evaluate my elderly mother to insure she does not become a victim.

Joanne Waldman, M.Ed., PCC, BCC, LPC, NCC, NCGC, Master Career Counselor, Coach/Director of Training-Retirement Options, New Perspective Coaching

Art Maines skillfully engages the reader with a step by step program to facilitate a financial, physical and emotional recovery plan for seniors who have been scammed. Whether or not a scam has occurred, this is a must read for those who work with seniors or who have an aging parent, as it is the go to guide for protecting our vulnerable seniors from this life changing event. His personal story and examples are poignant reminders that fraud targeting seniors impacts the family system and in turn outlines how to recover from this tragedy together. This book assists the whole family to move from victim to victor in the face of this tragedy. Scammed will undoubtedly protect and positively affect many lives.

Susan Stevenson Moore, MSW, LCSW www.FlourishingWell.com
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