Fraud is increasing. Javelin Strategy and Research’s Identity Fraud Study found identity fraud alone increased by eight percent in 2017. Seniors are often targets and some scams are so believable that it’s hard to tell they’re a scam at first. Here are five things you can do to keep your mom safe.
Install a Doorbell Camera
If you can see who comes to her door, you can help protect her from contractor scams. These scams involve a so-called professional contractor coming to the door. The scammer claims to have been working in the area and noticed a serious issue with the homeowner’s roof, foundation, etc.
The senior worries about damage if the roof collapses or the foundation crumbles. The contractor works up a quote, collects a deposit, and disappears.
Your parent should never hire someone who comes to the door without calling the state to make sure there are no complaints against that contractor or company. Online reviews are also important to read.
With a doorbell camera, you can interact with the person who comes to the door. You can send them away and threaten to call police before your parent even opens the door.
Set Up and Use Call Blockers
Set up and make sure your mom’s phone is blocking calls from unlisted or unknown callers. Some calls will still slip through. Make sure your mom is aware of how scammers operate and refuses to send money or provide personal information. Go over how she can report a scam call if she gets one.
Use an Email Service With Spam Filters
Use an email service that includes spam filters. If spam gets through to your mom’s inbox, add it to the spam list. Set up an arrangement where she forwards any emails she feels may be real to you first before she acts on the request.
Install a Virus Protection Suite
Install a virus protection suite on your mom’s computer. You want a program that protects against viruses, malware, spyware, and other internet threats. Once the software is installed, set it up to update at least once a day and run scans regularly.
Hire Elderly Care Professionals for Companionship
Did you know that some seniors still feel it’s important to answer the phone or door, even if they don’t know the caller? It can be a hard thing to change. Your mom may still pick up a ringing phone that comes in as unknown or unlisted just to have someone to talk to. Prevent this from happening by arranging companionship services from an elderly care agency.
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