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An age-old crime: scamming elderly people is on the rise

Senior citizens may avoid telling family members about incidents for fear of going to nursing homes


By Dan Morse
The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Murders and violent crimes are down nationwide, but one kind of crime is rising steadily: scams against the elderly.

Senior citizens are low-key victims who avoid telling family members for fear of going to nursing homes or don't even report swindles for fear of having to testify in court.

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