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Common elder scams for your loved ones to watch for

On Behalf of | Aug 7, 2023 | Elder Law |

The safety and well-being of our loved ones, especially the elderly, is paramount. It becomes a concern when those we care about may fall victim to scams specifically targeted at their demographic. As people grow older, they sometimes become more susceptible to manipulation and fraud due to factors such as cognitive decline, isolation or unfamiliarity with new technologies.

It is important to stay informed about the types of scams that typically target elders. This awareness can help prevent your loved ones from becoming victims and ensure they maintain their financial independence and quality of life.

Telephone scams

Telephone scams are common and often target the elderly. Scammers may pose as representatives from an official institution, like a bank or the IRS, to trick the elderly into revealing sensitive information. They might also pretend to be a family member in need of immediate financial help.

Internet fraud

The increasing use of the internet by elders has led to a rise in internet fraud. Scammers might send emails appearing to be from a legitimate source, requesting personal information. They can also trick elders into downloading harmful software that allows the scammer access to their personal files.

Medicare and health insurance fraud

Healthcare-related scams are especially prevalent. In these scams, fraudulent individuals may pose as Medicare representatives to get elders to give them their personal information. Or, they might offer unnecessary services or fake healthcare services and charge them to the victim’s insurance company.

Homeowner scams

In homeowner scams, scammers may offer home improvement services, insist on immediate payment and then fail to deliver on the work. In other instances, they might trick elders into signing over the deed to their home under the guise of assisting with property taxes or mortgage payments.

Protecting your loved ones from these common elder scams requires staying vigilant and taking preventive measures. Keep open lines of communication with your loved ones about their interactions and transactions. Encourage them to verify any suspicious calls or messages with you or another trusted family member before providing personal information or making any payments.


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