The ability to have immediate access to friends and family is vital to a senior that wants to remain independently at home. Many seniors are able to utilize advanced technology to keep in touch with loved ones. The downside to this is that scammers have become more proficient at targeting seniors. It is often impossible to tell the difference between legitimate and fraudulent calls because the scammers have adapted so well. Seniors are more at risk for fraud now than they ever have been.
According to The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, as of 2020, seniors lose approximately 3 billion dollars a year to scams. For 2019, the following were the top ten reported scams:
- Social Security Impersonation Scam
- Sweepstakes Scam
- Romance Scams
- Computer Tech Support Scams
- Grandparent Scams
- IRS Impersonation Scams
- Identity Theft
- Debt Scams
- Elder Financial Abuse
Our seniors should never have to feel like they are at risk. Unfortunately, this is the reality. Seniors that don't have friends or family that check in with them may be more vulnerable to these scams. They need someone to be able to monitor their interactions and keep them safe from these scammers. Seniors Helping Seniors Charlotte can help to be the eyes and ears of your loved one. Call us now at (704) 573-6838 to discuss how we can assist in keeping your loved ones safe.