Help Protect Seniors from Scams
Updated: 3 days ago
Scammers love to target seniors. Here is how you can help protect seniors from common scams that occur every day.
Seniors are often targeted by con artists. Scams are most often conducted through the phone, mail, or internet.
The FBI, the Federal Trade Commission, the United States Justice Department, and many local law enforcement groups have all made statements about seniors being targeted for scams. Women over 60 who live alone are particularly susceptible.
In recent years, con artists have taken advantage of a number of older Americans by scamming seniors. Realizing that many seniors have money but little knowledge of technology or current scams, criminals see opportunity. You can help protect seniors by sharing information with them about common senior-targeting scams.
Senior Phone, Mail, and Door-to-Door Scams
Many scams targeting seniors are carried out over the phone. These are the most common to watch out for:
Health insurance scams requesting personal information
Health insurance scams offering or requesting money
Medical equipment telemarketing
Medicare billing calls
Telemarketers claiming Medicare covers their services or products
Blank health forms requiring signatures
Telemarketers requesting financial information over the phone
Claims that unfamiliar local charities need funds
Requests to support individuals or invest in new charities
Home Goods and Services
Door-to-door repairmen or contractors who have not been requested
Service personnel claiming to be sent by a utility company without prior notice
Contracts without refund, cancellation, or other legal details
Providers looking to install equipment without prior request
Anyone who asks for money before work is completed
IRS and Service Provider Scams
Phone calls supposedly from the IRS requesting information or money
Tax or service related mail asking for a signature or money besides regular bills
Offers or winnings for contests or lotteries seniors have not entered
In-person visits without prior notice from supposed collection agents
“Bank” or “bank card” requests for personal or financial account information
Digital Scams Targeting Seniors
Many scams that target seniors use digital technology, especially pop-ups or emails, since seniors are less likely to understand what is or isn’t valid online.
Look out for:
Emails claiming someone is in danger or needs ransom
Emails that say “RE:” but are not replies to emails seniors have sent
Emails about goods or services “purchased” that have not been purchased
Pop-ups that claim ransom or software is needed to unlock the computer
Offers for tech support or protection software from unfamiliar companies
Any requests for passwords, personal information like a social security number, or money made by companies seniors do not have an account with
Emails supposedly from known providers or companies that are not “.com” or that look unprofessional
Services offered by unknown entities, including “tax accountants” that are unfamiliar
Offers or winnings emailed or in a pop-up that seniors did not sign up for
(Federal Trade Commission)
This information was taken directly from the following PDF from Blessings4Ever and ClearCareonline.com.