Published: Nov 15, 2018
Coal in the Stocking
Scammers and con artists are all around us these days. It seems that no matter where we turn, there’s a nefarious individual or group looking to scam us. To make matters worse, they’re becoming more sophisticated in their approach. As we rely more heavily on the technology at our fingertips, sometimes all it takes is a wrong click and suddenly our personal information and money is up for grabs.
And what’s the most wonderful time of the year for scammers? The holiday season, of course. It’s a time of giving, charitability, and all-around goodwill – but all of that can make us more vulnerable to the schemes that are out there. Seniors are certainly no exception. It’s common for scammers to target seniors because they often have large nest eggs and exceptional credit scores, but little financial management. Additionally, memory issues and cognitive decline may make them more willing to give up valuable information.
Knowing what to look out for can save seniors from having their finances or even identity compromised. Below are some of the more common scams that target older adults during the holiday season. Share these with senior clients so that they can stay guarded and safely enjoy the holiday season.
Common Scams to Look Out for During the Holidays
Comfort Keepers®Can Help
The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to spend time with friends, family, neighbors, and all others who bring joy to our lives. That makes it all the more difficult to imagine that there are those out there who wish to rob people of that joy – but they are out there. At Comfort Keepers®, our aim is to preserve the joy, warmth, and wonder that seniors and other adults cherish during the holiday season. We will work to reduce their risk of being conned, not only from the schemes above, but also any others that may exist. Our caregivers can also provide help with togetherness tasks and daily routines.
Call your local Comfort Keepers location to learn more about how we can help seniors and other adult clients this holiday season.
Better Business Bureau. “Scams Targeting Seniors: Holiday Edition.” Web. 2018.
The Arbor Company. “Holiday Scams Targeting the Elderly to Watch Out For” by Chris Harper. Web. 2017.
AARP. “Holiday Scams.” Web. 2018.