Assisting the senior in your life avoid scammers, fraud, and hackers can be difficult in today’s society. The dangers of stolen identities, drained bank accounts, and illegitimate businesses lurk around every corner, waiting for innocent people to take advantage of.
As many seniors may not be “on-trend’ with popular online scams, they are vulnerable to being misled. The Pavilion Senior Living specializes in providing exceptional senior care for older adults looking to get the most out of their life. Because we care about the well-being of our residents and guests, we would like to share some helpful information that you or your loved ones can use to avoid being scammed! Although there are hundreds, if not thousands, of online scams, we have highlighted a few popular tips that seniors can use to prevent scammers from having their way.
Antivirus software has been around for years, and it has been around for a good reason. The software is designed to prevent your loved one’s computer from leaking information that could be damaging to their well-being. The programs work by highlighting known viruses, trojans, and other malware that steal personal information and block your loved one’s computer from downloading anything that contains known malware.
Be sure to do research and compare antivirus programs that are reasonably priced (free antivirus programs often either don’t work or are a virus in disguise!). There are a variety of programs that offer similar services, so be sure to choose one that provides the protection that is needed.
Anytime something is downloaded to a loved one’s computer, there is a risk of downloading a virus. Although this is a genuine risk, it’s not possible to avoid downloading every file that your loved one needs to view. Sometimes, a download is required to accomplish a task being worked on, or to obtain an important document. You may ask, what can be done to make sure my computer is going to be okay?
Take a second look at any files that the senior in your life would like to download. Ask yourself if the file seems legitimate, offers valuable information, and if the source that created the file is trustworthy or not. If you’re unsure about any of these questions, it may be best to scan the file with antivirus software or simply avoid downloading it altogether!
Telemarketing is an extremely effective method of retrieving information from potential “customers” and phishing scams often heavily involve harassing an older adult via telephone. Many seniors want to trust the person they are on the phone with, so they are vulnerable to callers that have ill intentions. It’s common for callers to claim to be a reputable business offering “the deal of a lifetime” at little to no cost to the senior. Although this sounds suspicious to you, the senior in your life may not catch on that this person is not sincere.
Help the senior in your life better understand that callers cannot be trusted and that personal information should never be given over the phone to anyone asking for it. Whether it is a free cruise, a reduced rate on a loan, or a vacation to France, the caller is likely attempting to mislead or take advantage of them.
The FBI offers an extensive list of common scams for people to read and learn about how to avoid. Be sure to view a few of the popular scams and share them with your friends and family!
Make sure to work with a loved one consistently to monitor bank accounts, credit cards, and other valuable assets. Stay current on popular online scams and inform any elderly loved ones of scams that may be targeting them. Together, you and your loved one will be able to prevent a financial headache and remain unscathed by scammers!
For additional resources or to learn more about senior care at The Pavilion, we encourage you to visit our website!