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3 Great Steps to Take to Avoid Scams for Seniors at Home

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The second week in August is National Fraud Week and whether or not it has already passed by the time you read this article, it’s something to keep in the forefront of your mind, especially if there’s a senior in your life who may be at an increased risk of becoming a victim of a phone or email scam. 

There are plenty of things you can do to help reduce the risk of you or somebody else in your family, or even a friend, from becoming a victim of fraud. Here are three steps you might want to take, or at least begin to explore, that can reduce those very serious risks.

Step #1: Educate them on common scams. 

Seniors are often targets for scam artists, and for good reason. When it comes to emails, they may not have much experience with computers or computer technology. They may be completely unaware that clicking on a link in an email could take them to an unsafe website whereas the individual is simply trying to steal their username and password for whatever account they want, such as their banking information.

A senior who lives alone may be more prone to keeping a telemarketer or even (unwittingly) a scam artist on the phone by purchasing more and more things or sharing their personal information. That loneliness can be incredibly dangerous.

Step #2: Set up safety controls on their computer.  

If the senior uses a computer, whether they have a Facebook account, just use it for email, or for playing games, paying bills, or other tasks, help them set up some safety controls.

You can have it set up whereas only safe links are permitted without being asked to verify they know this website and are completely confident it’s safe and secure.

There are some great virus and Internet protection software programs that can help with this.

Step #3: Encourage them to never purchase something online or over the phone. 

This can be incredibly difficult for some people, but if the senior truly wishes to purchase something a telemarketer has convinced them they need, have them hang up the phone, wait 24 hours, and then determine whether or not they truly need it or want it. That 24 hours can give them some space and distance from the call, the caller’s fake enthusiasm, and give them a better perspective.

If they still want it, they can probably get it through other, safer outlets.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Greenwich, CT please contact the caring staff at Fairfield Family Care at 203-295-3477.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of and
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