Comfort Keepers Senior Caregivers Help Prevent Scams in Rapid City, SD
Keep your loved one from falling victim to scammers with help from senior caregivers in Rapid City, SD
Unfortunately, seniors are often specifically targeted by scammers. Studies have shown that approximately 25 million seniors each year are the victims of online scams and impersonating phone calls. The consequences of being scammed can include having their identity stolen, loss of money, and sometimes serious health problems after falling victim to a medication scam. Senior caregivers from Comfort Keepers in Rapid City, SD knows how these scammers operate and can help keep your family members secure.
How Senior Caregivers Help Avoid Scammers
Our home care aides are trained to spot the warning signs of scams and will be there to ensure seniors don’t give away their credit card, banking information, or other personal information to strangers. They can be there to answer the phones and assist seniors who have trouble hearing or are prone to becoming confused. A care aide can also help your loved one navigate the internet safely without falling victim to social media scams, fraudulent emails, or online sweepstakes.
Another way senior caregivers can help seniors or disabled individuals avoid scams is by keeping them organized. For instance, a care provider can keep track of when your senior’s bills are due and help them with budgeting so that he or she has a better handle on their expenses and where the money is going. This way, scammers who claim there is an unpaid bill will not succeed since your family member will know the call is suspicious and the bills have already been paid.
Common scams include:
- Solicitations for donations from a fake charity
- Phone calls or emails claiming to be from the IRS telling victims they are owed a tax refund. These are fraudulent as the IRS never contacts via phone call, email, or social media
- Calls impersonating a grandchild or other family member in trouble
- Scammers posing as Medicare or health care providers saying seniors need to purchase a replacement card
Generally, a quick and easy way to spot a scam is recognizing how you’re being asked to send money. If they insist you can only pay by putting money on a gift or cash card or by wiring money, that is a scam attempt.
Do you have a senior family member in Rapid City, SD who may be at risk for falling victim to scams? Call us today at (605) 277-1870 to learn more about how our senior caregivers can keep your loved one secure at home.