By Marci Vandersluis, Dayton Daily News
February 27, 2017
“On a recent trip to New York, just before arriving at the taxi stand, I was approached by someone wearing a nametag with the logo of a popular car service offering to drive me to my destination. My initial thought was that this was not the typical way that this company promoted its service. Nevertheless, there was a large line at the taxi stand and I was tired so I hopped into the back of his car. I did arrive at my hotel but later learned that I overpaid for the trip by $75. Along with reprimanded by my children for getting in a ‘stranger’s’ car, I was not surprised to discover that the driver was not an employee of the company. While my poor judgment caused more ego than financial damage, it made me much more aware that financial exploitation doesn’t just happen to someone else. Regrettably, our elders are particularly vulnerable to this form of abuse.