mary e, thank you for bringing this to the attention of all. this is a very damaging practice to lure not only the elders but anyone in today's economy. but the elders are particularly vulnerable. it seems like everyone wants something from our elders, hoping they still have money to get before they pass away. i can't tell you how often i have heard someone say 'it can just be taken out of my part of the inheritance.' i'm sorry, i know it is much broader a problem than just relatives with their hands out. so many seniors are on fixed incomes that just cover their expenses. anything extra thrown in is one thing too many. my grandma was known for giving anything she had to televangilists. she didn't seem to get it that my dad was ordering fuel for her, bringing her groceries, etc. our cousins were even asking for any money we sent her for christmas or birthday gifts. anyway, off the soapbox. this really frosts my buns. i have heard cousins saying "grandma, i need a car to get a job, a used one will do. can you write a check and i will make payments to you," or any combination of wants and needs to get money. sorry, but thanks mary for the heads up.