Scram, Scammers! 10 Tips to Protect Seniors

by Lois Etienne on June 29, 2012

in Finances,Internet,Legal,Senior Health and Safety

In addition to the negative financial effects seniors face as a result of scams, they’re often incredibly ashamed and embarrassed.    Because of that shame and embarrassment, only 25 percent of seniors who have been scammed report the crime to authorities.

Stay scam-proof with these 10 tips:

  1. Shred sensitive documents like bank statements, bills and other financial information.
  2. Note any suspicious mailing, like envelopes mimicking letters from government agencies.
  3. Add your telephone numbers to the Do-Not-Call Registry.
  4. Do not provide personal information (address, bank account numbers, PINs) to anyone who calls you.
  5. Make sure charities are registered with appropriate state agencies before agreeing to a donation.
  6. Post a “No Solicitation” notice on your front door.
  7. Get educated about email/Internet scams and phishing tactics.
  8. If an unknown individual tries to befriend you, let a family member or neighbor know.
  9. If someone suggests moving in with you or asks for money, call a family member or friend immediately.
  10. Find trustworthy people to help protect your interests.

If you suspect someone is trying to scam you or your loved one, contact your local police department immediately.  These people  thrive on the fact that people usually won’t turn them in but that allows them to scam another senior. Step up and turn them in.

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