Elder fraud: One couple's losses and hard lessons - Article Photos 1/10

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2012 AND THEREAFTER - In this Monday, June 11, 2012 photo, Assistant Attorney General David Kirkman holds checks of the type often received by targets in his Raleigh, N.C., office. The recipient forwarded them to his office. Kirkman said sometimes the checks carry the names and account numbers of legitimate companies, and by the time a bank confirms they're bogus, the victim has usually sent the amount to the scammer via wire and ends up on the hook for the money. He also said the amount of money swindled from North Carolinians by these scams has doubled in the past year. (AP Photo/Allen Breed)