Scams seniors should watch for
"Hi Grandma, do you know who this is? I'm stuck, can you send me money?"
There are many scams targeting seniors. Recently, the justice department announced the largest-ever senior scam crackdown. Here are a few tips to protect you.
-Remember that seniors are also scammed from people they know. To protect yourself, ask before you act! Ask someone you trust to look over a potential investment/loan/deal.
-Ask for it in writing. When solicitors come knocking or calling, make them mail their request to you if you are unfamiliar with their company.
-Put your phone number on the 'Do Not Call' registry at 1-888-382-1222 to eliminate telemarketers. But remember, scammers may still call you since they are criminals, not telemarketers.
-Be wary of organizations that will tell you Medicare will pay for services or products. Research what you will be required to pay and ask for proof in writing.
-Never give out personal information like Social Security or credit card numbers over the phone unless you initiated the call.
-Set up direct deposit for benefit checks or use a locked mailbox.
-Watch for computer email and pop-up scams. Numerous 'phishing' scams target seniors with limited computer experience. If you receive a pop-up telling you your computer is in jeopardy, call a reputable computer company for help. Don't click on unsolicited links.
If you suspect you have fallen victim to a scam, don't be embarrassed, contact your bank to protect your accounts and ask a trusted friend or family member for help. At Prestige Care, together our community can help protect each other.
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