Avoiding Senior Scams: Seniorcare in Sioux Falls, SD
Comprehensive seniorcare services protect your loved ones from falling victim to scams
Seniors are specifically targeted by scammers over the phone, online, and through the mail. Using strategies that mimic healthcare, insurance, pension, or investment services, scammers try to dupe seniors into giving away personal information, money, or data. It seems like these strategies are never ending, and always present in your aging loved one’s life! If you have a senior family member living alone, they are at risk of falling for one of these seniorcare scams.
Services from Comfort Keepers can help your aging loved one avoid these traps and costly mistakes. Whether the scammers are trying to use email, mail, or phone calls to entrap your loved one, having a seniorcare provider in the home means that your loved one has someone to consult with if they think something is suspicious. Our caregivers are trained to help seniors recognize scammers, and to not give out personal information or identifying data.
Recognizing the warning signs
We’ll help you spot the warning signs and red flags. Often, communication from a scammer will look “wrong” in some way—whether that’s misspellings, grammar errors, using a name that sounds strange, or contact information for your loved one that’s just a little off. Scams often immediately ask for money, personal information, or medical information. Scammers might try to impersonate an insurance company or the IRS, but not be able to fully identify themselves or what they are calling about. These and other clues can help your loved one and a seniorcare provider identify scams and avoid them.
Seniors can lose much more than just money to a scam. Identity theft can mean years of debating with credit bureaus, banks, and retailers. Medication scams can deny seniors the right medications, and result in terrible health consequences. Comfort Keepers of Sioux Falls, SD can give your aging loved one more resources to help avoid these scams, and a second set of eyes, ears, and hands to identify when a scammer is trying to contact your loved one.
In home care aides can also take measures to avoid scammers by helping to provide organization for your loved one. Your loved one can rest assured that they don’t owe a creditor, the IRS, or an insurance company when their bills and records are organized and accessible. The simple act of maintaining a budget and carefully kept records can help keep your loved one safe, and seniorcare providers can help with those tasks as well.
Call Comfort Keepers in Sioux Falls, SD
For more information on how Comfort Keepers can help your loved one stay safe, get in touch with our office in Sioux Falls, SD by filling out our contact form or calling us.