Bankrate, which is a leading Internet consumer banking marketplace, has released an interview with Christopher Cox, chairman of the SEC that was conducted as part of Bankrate.com’s Financial Literacy Program. Bankrate does a real service to the community with this interview and I commend them because it helps to put into focus what is actually going on with seniors and also how they can be protected from scams. Moreover, it comes from the person who should know, and does.Cox has first hand knowledge of what’s involved and he relates a tale about his own parents. “Before my mother died a few years ago, she was pestered by a seemingly endless barrage of annuity schemes and unsuitable mortgage offers. Despite the fact that she was suffering from throat cancer and could barely speak, she received unsolicited sales pitches over the phone and even in person. Even though my father was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, the brokers would prey upon him, as well.”
Talk about a wake-up call! Cox points out that the products being pushed weren’t just unsuitable but affirmatively harmful to anyone in his parents’ circumstances.
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