With the many existing advertisements or promotional materials through post mails, emails and telephone calls, it is becoming difficult on determining the actual exploited and fake transactions, particularly affecting countless of elders out there. Many senior citizens always scrutinize their personal documents and information, but it is harder to tell those elders fraud.
If we look at most of the reported news over the Internet and from published newspapers, thousands of scammers already cost their targeted seniors or elders. As stated by the National Consumers League’s National Fraud Information Center, it estimated close to 30% of telemarketing frauds and the victims are those who are 60 years old and above.
When talking about the strategies of most traditional fraudsters and identity thieves, they know how to victimize their targeted senior citizens unlawfully. To prove this, even some of the members of the family can become perpetrators. This is the reason why trusted people need to close contact with the family members or even friends to protect them from being victims of fraudsters.
Here of some of the important pointers to avoid elders’ fraud:
- The promise of unsure treatment – typical fraudsters are like snake-oiled sales representatives because they promise modern health solutions for elders, but these are actually unproven or unsure treatments. Rather than treating or curing these people, they become vulnerable to other sorts of health conditions. For the family members who are staying with their senior citizens at home, they ought to consult with their healthcare providers before thinking about any promised medication or treatment.
- Suspicious telephone call – when someone called over the phone and it is a suspicious call, never give the credit card numbers or bank account details of an elder over the telephone. This is a very important reminder unless the transaction is a 100% sure for the exact purpose. It is absolutely a good practice to record the involved phone number and simply inform the caller to make a return call later. Afterwards, it is best to report the number to verify its origin and if the caller owns it or not. In most cases, lonely elders at home also encounter what we recognize as bogus “unsolicited phone callers” and they must never deal with these fraud people.
- When hiring an abusive person – if someone comes to the door and this person offers to do necessary repairs, it is best not to allow your elders to transact and work openly at home together because this can definitely trigger serious trouble. This person might not be qualified to do the repairs and can easily charge excessively only to earn money. Even worse, he or she can use the opportunity to enter the private areas inside the home without permission. In case you need to hire somebody to work in your house, get the best reference from a close friend, other members of the family or trusted neighbors who had worked with the service you need in the past. Of course, you can always visit the Internet to get the solution you want and keep your old family members safe.
Surely, the Internet is the best global market that allows many people to find businesses and opportunities worldwide. Unfortunately, there are existing crooks that we now recognized as potential intruders over the Internet. The different fraud transactions online done through regular emails and telephone calls are becoming prevalent. This is the reason why we need to be aware of this matter, especially in protecting our elders who usually stay home most of the time.
Finally, there are existing official-looking websites set up and utilized to victimize many people. That is why the involved government needs to take down these types of bogus websites reported by the victims. Alongside these fake sites, there are bogus emails, phone calls and messages that pretend to be working from the Federal Government, but not.