Scammers target seniors online, through the mail, over the phone, and by coming to the door. It’s no surprise that seniors lose more than $35 billion dollars to fraud each year. Scammers seem to be relentless.
Could your dad fall for a scam? Make sure it can’t happen. Use this five-item checklist to prevent all types of scams from occurring.
1. Block Unlisted and Unavailable Numbers.
Most phone services have settings that allow you to block all phone numbers that come in as anonymous, unavailable, unknown, or unlisted. Use those settings. When calls slip past the settings, mark them as spam and add them to the list of numbers to block.
2. Set Up Email Spam Filters.
Turn on spam filters on your dad’s email accounts. It won’t get rid of all spam, but it will get rid of most of it. Keep his password on file and clear out spam for him every once in a while. You can also track his activity to make sure he’s not responding to scammers.
3. Talk About Common Scams.
Talk to your dad regularly about the common scams. Make sure he knows about things like ransomware, grandparent scams, lottery scams, and the popular IRS scam. If he’s aware they exist, it will be easier for him to avoid them.
4. Ask for Information and Verify It.
When a phone scam or door-to-door scam targets your dad, he may be pressured to make an immediate decision. Make sure he knows he never has to agree to anything on the spot. He is well within his rights to say he wants to take down the information and talk to you or another family member. If the person at the door continues to push, your father should call the police.
Once he has the information in hand, he should call you to investigate it. He can also alert authorities and have them look into it. With the very common grandparent scam, your dad will need to call the grandchild or parents of that grandchild who is supposedly in trouble. He can verify if the grandchild really called him.
5. Invest in a Video Doorbell.
Video doorbells allow your dad and any connected users to see who is at the door. These video doorbells have built-in intercoms so that you can talk to the person at the door without opening it. They also send alerts to an app on your phone. This enables you to talk to the person rather than having your dad do it.
With companionship from caregivers, your dad is less likely to spend hours online. That’s just one reason senior care professionals are so helpful. They can also help your dad with housework, meals, transportation, and personal care and grooming.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Stockton, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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