Posted by: Bert Copple | March 18, 2014

Helping Seniors Outsmart Scammers

As sure as tax season comes around year after year, so do the would-be scammers who try to take advantage of people’s anxieties about their taxes. In fact, the IRS publishes an annual “Dirty Dozen” list of trending hoaxes for that year.

Sadly, seniors tend to be victimized by many of these.  In fact, studies have shown that senior citizens are more at risk to be targeted by telemarketing scams than other age groups, and fraudulent telemarketers direct anywhere from 56 to 80 percent of their calls at older Americans, according to the National Crime Prevention Council. Mail and internet fraud are also common methods of trying to rob seniors of their savings, their independence and their trust in others.

At Home Instead Senior Care serving the Detroit metro, Oakland County, Macomb County, Wayne County, and Southeast Oakland County, we are firm believers that the best defense against scammers is vigilance, not fear. That’s why our CAREGivers are always on the lookout for scams that target senior clients, and we routinely help them screen phone calls and deal with questionable pieces of mail.

If you are worried that a senior in your life might be vulnerable to scam artists, take this Crime Target Scale assessment to find out possible red flags.

You can also download a free Senior Fraud Protection Kit by clicking here.

For more information about helping seniors age in place safely and securely, please contact Home Instead Senior Care serving the Detroit metro, Oakland County, Macomb County, Wayne County, and Southeast Oakland County at 248-203-2273, visit our website, or Like us on Facebook.

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