There’s a different type of stranger danger these days. While young kids are taught about the pitfalls of talking to people they don’t know, there’s another danger of elders being lured by online scammers. It can often be more difficult for seniors to know when they are being scammed over the phone or online since there’s no face-to-face contact. It’s estimated that about $30 billion is lost by seniors each year due to online scams.
Scammers are also taking advantage of Coronavirus vaccines by focusing on health and financial concerns and all the virus-related concerns. However, there are ways to not fall victim to these predators. If you or someone you know is a senior citizen, make sure you know the risks of scams, what to look for and how to report them.
Know Who's Calling
Do not answer phone calls or text messages from unknown callers. If you do answer a phone call or check an email, never ever share personal and financial information. If you feel pressure from someone, always play it safe and never give your personal information. Hang up if you have to. In this instance, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Remember government agencies will never call you to ask for money or for personal information. If you receive a text message or email, never click on links or call the number associated with the message.
Look Out for Scammers
Scammers will use charity organizations to manipulate people into donating money. You can always check out the legitimacy of charities by heading to the FCC website. There are many nonprofits – big and small – so make sure you’re familiar with them before you give out money.
With the ongoing pandemic, people are using and abusing the capitalization of virus vaccines, contact tracing and stealing insurance information. Be aware and don’t let your guard down. Make sure you talk with any elders in your life to make sure they are aware.
Use Anti-Virus Software
Another thing to do is install and keep up to date anti-virus software on computers and cell phones. If you need help with this, ask a family member or someone you trust about installing this software. You can also ask for help about blocking anonymous calls on cell phones.
The FCC has a wide array of information warning about online scammers, robocalls and Coronavirus abusers. Make sure you talk with your loved ones who may fall prey to these predators. Having these conversations will help them stay safer online and aid in protecting their identity.
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