While scammers can and do target everyone in the hopes of being able to make some money off of them, eldelry people are often thought of as the demographic that is more vulnerable to these types of fraud. So if you have an elderly loved one who you’re wanting to protect from this type of abuse, here are three ways you can help an elderly loved one to not get taken advantage of financially.
Know What Makes Someone An Easy Target
To know if your elderly loved one is going to be more vulnerable than most when it comes to getting taken advantage of financially, you’ll first want to know what makes someone an easy target for scammers.
Generally, scammers think of someone as an easy target if they are lonely, isolated, or in poor mental and physical health. Sadly, many eldelry people fit into this category.
If your elderly loved one could be anyone of these three things, it’s important that you speak with them about what common scams look like and what scammers sound like. This way, if something like this does come onto their radar, they can be a bit more aware of themselves and what might be going on.
Help Them Block Scammers Before Making Contact
Luckily, there are ways that you can help your elderly loved one block many scammers from being able to contact them in the first place.
To do this, you’ll want to help your loved one get on the National Do Not Call Registry. This will make it so that anyone who makes phone calls from large lists of people won’t have their phone number to call them. You can take additional steps by placing certain security protocols in place for your elderly loved one’s email accounts and other personal accounts so that scams don’t come through to them as easily.
Encourage Them To Speak With You About Anything Suspicious
If you have an open and honest relationship with your elderly loved one, they should feel comfortable to come to you with any questions they have, be it about potentially moving into an assisted living facility or someone suspicious that’s reached out to them.
As a part of many scams, the scammer will intimidate people into staying quiet about what’s going on. But if you let your elderly loved one know that no harm will come to them or anyone else by telling you if something suspicious has been going on, you’ll be able to help them if they do become a target of scammers.
To help your elderly loved one hold onto their hard-earned money, consider using the tips mentioned above to decrease the chance of them being scammed or otherwise financially taken advantage of.