I live in a retirement community where the largest portion of the population in town are elderly women. A good portion of the men have died, so you have little old ladies that are gullible, either through having grown up in a generation that did not allow women access to information, or women wracked with dementia. One could only imagine what types of scammers come in and claim their stake. The worst case I have ever heard of was when my elderly tutor, who was never that stable towards the end, died of a brief illness. Our family knew her very well, from when she was OK upstairs all the way through her decline, and without doubt heard her stories for years about being an only child running away from an abusive home, getting a job, and putting herself through college all by herself when this was very uncommon. Not only did she do this, but she also put herself through graduate school and her exploits made the press. Not to sit on her laurels, she started a very well known ethnic society known far and wide in the SF bay area. So after she died, her nieces and nephews from her older "siblings" came into her house and threw a rememberance party. This struck me as odd since not only did I know she had no siblings, but that she was an only child when she ran away from home. This put up a red flag. So while I am at her party thrown in honor of her life, I start talking to her relatives who avoid anybody who really knew her. I see one of the so-called relatives wearing a sweatshirt from the college I went to and I ask if they went there. They say they did and graduated from that school, so I kindly asked what major they graduated from, and they said the same major as me, about the same time period. I was happy so see a former alum at the party so we started talking about the teachers from this very small college. She didn't know any of the professors in my small major, though she went to school perhaps only a couple of years after I left, or any of the very distinct campus landmarks. So I just chalked it up to that school possibly having torn down the student union, the library, and removing eight dorms from the campus, as many of us knew they were not up to code (thus pointing out the unusual layout of the school). That was red flag #2. When I asked this relative how the city where the college was in was doing these days, they named the wrong city. The school is in a city far from the name of the city the school is named for. So that is red flag #3. The weirdest part was when the relatives produced pictures of this old lady we all knew, and we were all surprised that our elderly, very cereberal hermit, used to be a beautiful stage actress and model. That was the final red flag. Luckily, these relatives didn't get any of this lady's money, which she donated, but they took away all her personal belongings. This type of scenario happens over and over in a city full of 80 or 90 year old widows, but sometimes only with issues as small as car "repairs", roof "replacements", and internet "loans". I find this type of criminal the most heinous, no different than a violent criminal breaking into an old person's house at night and taking their belongings. Thoughts? Experiences?