Carolyn’s concern for her mother

Q. Our 92-year-old mother, who has Macular Degeneration, lives alone on her 50 acres and has been stripped of her life savings by a conman doing a botched asphalting job. What can we do?

Q. Our 92-year-old mother, who has Macular Degeneration, lives alone on her 50 acres and has been stripped of her life savings by a conman doing a botched asphalting job. What can we do?

He drove her to the bank to get the money; the job was only for a few metres, not the 100 metres he did. We live in NSW, and I notice the TARS site is basically for people who live in institutions. We have contacted the police but have been told we would have to take civil action as Mum handed over the money. There are no written quotes, documentation or receipts, so we don't have any idea where to start.

A. The EAPA (Elder Abuse Prevention Association) has advised the following:
"This is definitely a criminal offense and fraud on the part of the conman.
Your writer should notify the police again and speak to the Fraud Investigators in the CID [Detective Division] of the Crime Department. The investigator will go from there."

Click on the following link to access the EAPA website, should you wish to contact them for more information. http://www.eapa.asn.au