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Signs of Fraud Against Seniors

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Home Care Assistance Professionals Discuss How You Can Recognize The Most Common Signs Of Fraud Against Seniors in Tulsa, OK

Comfort Keepers Home Care Assistance professionals recommend these steps for ensuring you or your senior loved one is not taken advantage of in Tulsa, OK

Fraudsters often intentionally target senior citizens. If a person lives alone or has recently gone through a difficult time, it is much easier to trick them. Scammers often befriend lonely seniors. earning their trust in order to gain access to their personal or financial information. That is why you should encourage your loved one to stay in touch with family and friends, or even home care assistance professionals who can meet their new friends and pay attention to some of the signs that point to fraud.

It doesn’t necessarily mean that your loved one’s new friends are scammers, but you should get to know them nevertheless. Trust your instincts and observe their actions. Ideally, this new friend has your loved one's best interests at heart, but in case they are trying to trick your senior mom or dad, you will be able to prevent it from happening.

Sadly, over 90% of all reported frauds against seniors is committed by family members. So if a relative who's looking after your loved one makes a sudden change in lifestyle, such as quitting their job or purchasing an expensive car, it might be a sign of financial exploitation.

The most popular scams targeting seniors are Medicare and health care fraud, reverse mortgage scams, counterfeit prescription drugs, investment schemes, telemarketing, Internet fraud, sweepstakes, and lottery scams, funeral and cemetery scams, and fraudulent anti-aging products.

The best way to protect your loved one is to inform them about these schemes and make sure they understand that sharing their personal and financial information can be very dangerous. As many scammers are preying on older people over the phone, you or a home care assistance professional can explain to your loved one that they don’t have to engage in conversations and that all they have to do is hang up the phone. They should also refuse to engage with anyone who comes to their door selling anything or looking for donations.