In this digital age, it’s now easier than ever for thieves to pull off scams and steal from innocent people — and the elderly are particularly vulnerable. Here are four ways you can protect your elderly loved one from identity theft and scams.
1. Give the Gift of Shredding
Having a shredder on hand can make it easier for your elderly loved one to dispose of mail and other documents that have personal information. Believe it or not, “dumpster diving’ is a real problem. The best place for someone to have access to your personal information is by going through your garbage. Your elderly parent will appreciate this convenient gift.
2. Take Outgoing Mail to The Post Office
Leaving outgoing mail in your mailbox leaves you open to identity theft and other types of fraud. Instead, either take your mail directly to the post office or put your outgoing mail in your neighborhood mailbox that is locked and secured before pickup.
3. Caller ID
You’ve probably heard many stories about unsuspecting elderly people getting scammed out of money over the phone. If your elderly loved one doesn’t have a phone with caller ID, then it may be a good idea to get them one. This inexpensive investment can save them from being a victim of identity theft and other scams. Talk to your loved one about the following popular scams so they stay aware:
- “Your computer has a virus” scam
- Sweepstakes scams
- Job scams
- Tax Scams
- Repair scams
4. Account Monitoring
If your elderly loved one has bank accounts and credit cards, it’s extremely important to monitor the activity on each. If any purchases look suspicious, their bank balance is unusually low or their credit card bill is extremely high, go through each line item on their statements to make sure there is no unauthorized activity.
The Arbors Assisted living fosters a safe living environment for our residents. If you are concerned about the safety and well-being of your elderly loved one who lives alone, contact us today for more information about how we can help.