Con artists appear to find their "perfect" victims among senior citizens. The good old-fashioned concept of trust becomes elder population's most vulnerable characteristic.
Unscrupulous people often take advantage of senior citizens' tendency to take people at their face-value and to believe their easy friendliness. Sometimes, older adults feel too helpless and/or physically frail to check out the credentials of people who offer to help them. Under the guise of help, con artists are able to rip off their unsuspecting prey.