Technology is a wonderful thing. It has allowed families to video chat with each other from one coast to another, we can now pay our bills online with one click of a button, and we’re more connected than ever. Unfortunately, with this newer technology comes newer scams on seniors. Recently there have been various schemes that you and your elderly loved one should watch out for. They are as follows:
It’s unfortunate that with all the great things the internet provides us with, we still need to be very careful when online. There are numerous ways to scam anyone of any age. Nevertheless, here are some potential internet schemes that your elderly loved one needs to be aware of.
More common than ever, this scam occurs on the internet as well. More and more seniors are now heading online to find better deals on their prescription drugs. Unfortunately, people have created fake websites offering fake drugs. This can be twice as dangerous, because A) your senior loved one is paying money for a useless substance or B) they’re paying money for a substance that could, in turn, harm them rather than help them. Your best defense against this type of scam is to sit down with your elderly loved one, pick out a few trusted websites, bookmark them, and tell them that here are their options when it comes to ordering online prescriptions.
This is considered the most common of scams against senior citizens. Unfortunately, it’s really hard to prevent and very hard to trace. Some of the common schemes amongst telemarketing fraud are posing as a charity and asking for money after a natural disaster, posing as a grandchild asking for a good bit of money, or posing as a victim of some accident asking for money. It’s tough to prevent, as these types of people prey off the goodness found in others. What you can do is sit them down and warn them of the potential threat when people call them over the phone. Never give out any personal information whether it’s over the phone or online. Make this known to your senior loved one. It’s important to keep all personal information to yourself.