Every single day people young and old are duped by scams that they believe are real. Scammers are skilled in knowing just what to say to make their story seem plausible, and new schemes emerge all the time.
Unfortunately, seniors are often a prime target because they may not be fully alert and aware of what is happening. They tend to not be as up-to-date on technology and are more willing to share personal or sensitive information.
It’s critical to assist in preventing your elderly parent from being a victim of a scam. There are several things you may do to improve their safety.
Keep personal information private
Discuss not sharing personal information with strangers. Just because someone calls or emails asking for it, they do not have to disclose anything. It is better to contact the organization requesting information directly and asking about inquiries or potential problems with an account.
Add them to the Do Not Call registry
While this will not prevent all spam calls from reaching them, it will help reduce the number of calls they get. To further filter calls, you may set spam filters on their phone.
Be smart about answering
Remind your seniors that they do not have to answer the phone every time it rings. Program important numbers for family, friends, doctors, and other key people into their phones so these are recognized numbers; remind them not to answer if it’s an unfamiliar number. If it is important, the person will leave a message. If they have any questions about the validity of the message, tell them to contact you.
Go to the source
If they want to donate to charity, that’s great! But don’t necessarily trust sketchy emails or phone calls. Call the organization directly or go to their verified website to make donations. Remember that charities won’t ask for funds to be wired or sent in the form of gift cards.
Practice email safety
Email providers have gotten pretty good at filtering spam emails into a separate folder, but there are some that slip through. Remind your loved ones not to click on any links if they don’t know who they’re from. Show them how to see the address of the sender and recognize if it’s not a reputable email. Once again, if they have any questions, they should check with you first.
Seniors are unfortunately the victims of many scams, but helping them to stay educated and aware can help. Having an in-home care provider with them throughout the week can not only provide companionship and assistance with daily activities, but it can also give them someone to double-check with if they question a phone call, email, or letter they receive in addition to being able to call family.
When everyone works together, it can keep seniors safer. Contact Always Custom Care today at 760-469-4633 to learn more about senior care services and to schedule a free consultation.