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Can In Home Care Help Avoid Scams Targeting Seniors?

Comfort Keepers In-Home Care in Sacramento, California.

Can In Home Care Help Avoid Scams Targeting Seniors?

Learn key tips, from our in home care agency, for keeping seniors protected from targeted scams and fraud.

Scammers love to target the elderly. According to studies, online frauds and impersonating phone calls affect 25 million seniors each year. They may lose money, have their identities stolen, and experience major health problems due to falling prey to medicine scams. 

How Our Caregivers Can Help

Scammers get increasingly clever every year; however, a trained Comfort Keepers caregiver can assist your loved one in recognizing the indications of a scam and preventing it from happening again. A home care professional can take calls and assist elders who are easily confused or have difficulty hearing on the phone. Comfort Keepers caregivers may also help your loved one properly navigate the internet so that they do not fall prey to bogus emails, social media messages, or online sweepstakes.

Our caregivers are trained to recognize the warning signs of a scam and ensure that seniors do not give out their credit card or banking information to strangers.

By keeping a close eye on seniors, our in home care services can also prevent suspicious activity. A caregiver can remind your loved one to pay their bills and assist them in creating budgets so that they know exactly where their money is going. That way, if a fraudster tries to claim a payment was left unpaid, your loved one will be able to reference their billing sheet and report the scam immediately.

The following are a few types of fraud frequently targeted towards seniors:

  • Tax Scams: A scammer will call or email seniors, posing as representatives from the IRS, claiming they are owed a tax refund and must provide detailed information to receive their payment
  • Family Scams: A scammer will call and attempt to convince a senior to wire money or give detailed banking information for a family member, commonly posing as grandchildren, who is supposedly in the hospital, jail, or under other unexpected circumstances
  • Medicare Scams: A scammer, in this scenario, will pretend to be a Medicare agent or healthcare representative and inform a senior that a replacement Medicare card is needed and payment is required for shipping and handling
  • Charity Scams: A scammer will call pretending to be from a charity or relief organization and ask for a donation via bank account or credit card information

If you have a senior loved one in Sacramento, CA, who may be a subject of a scam, contact us at (916) 260-0654 to learn more about how in home care can help them stay safe and independent at home.