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At Home Care Warns That Seniors Are Being Scammed

Nov 16, 2017 by Alan White

Whether it’s holiday time, or just an ordinary day of the week, picture this: The phone rings, someone knocks on your parent’s door, or invades their computer, and scams your parent out of money and their identity. According to professional at home care providers, senior citizens are prime targets. Scam artists may have identified your mother and father as easy targets.

What your parents need to know:

  • The IRS will never call you to collect a debt.
  • The IRS will never call you.
  • If anyone calls you to collect a debt, do not provide them with any personal information over the phone.
  • Do not share your social security number or account numbers with an unknown person over the phone.
  • If someone from a credit agency needs information, they should write and provide documentation in writing.
  • Before providing any personal information confirm the agency is legitimate.

At home care also warns seniors of catfishing scams. Many seniors like your parents are lonely. Your mother or father may be a widow or widower and after being married for most of their life being without a partner is not only lonely, but it feels strange not having a partner. Many contemporary aging adults are finding companions online and are getting scammed. This is the concept of individuals creating a persona online to trick older people into relationships (often for money.) Most often the couple never meets in person, and the scammer continues to ask for money and collects hundreds if not thousands of dollars. The scammer continues to dangle the carrot in front of your parent’s nose and as lonely as mom or dad is they continue to come up with money to keep this unknown love happy in hopes to meet soon.

At home care, experts expect to shut these scammers down, to save the finances of seniors and keep them from heartbreak as well.

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