Scams and Spam
Posted: 6/29/2018 10:40 AM by
Spam and Scam awareness
Today, fraud runs rampant in every community and if you aren’t keen to or aware of every trick out there, you or your loved one could fall victim. It is important to raise awareness of the growing popularity and variety of scams out there. The way we communicate today is very different and educating our aging community is an absolute must because they are the direct targets. Yes, criminals targeting our aging community have a direct link to them… Their home phone! It is a good idea to print this manual . Take some time to go over the most common and sneaky ways these thieves plot, plan and work their way into our aging community’s homes, pocketbooks and bank accounts.
The New Jersey Consumer Affairs Bureau created this manual to keep everyone of us, the consumer, safe and up to date on the devious trends that are so commonplace. Our senior generation is familiar with door-to-door salesmen, telephone call solicitations and post office mailings, which to them, gives authenticity because these tactics are from a much simpler time. In their day, when someone came to the door or mailed a solicitation, a donation was almost always given, as their generation was much more trusting and trustworthy. Today, unfortunately, the thieves prey on this generation because of their history of loyal support. It is a good idea to go over the latest scams with them, as outlined by this manual, to help them better understand the significance and importance of not sharing information, allowing strangers to come into the home or falling for phony phone calls. It seems simple but it happens more often than you think.
There are a few things to help them navigate the scammers including what has become an all out assault of telephone solicitation calls. Firstly, go over the manual to help educate them on the latest protection available to them. Recently, my parents, ( in their 80’s) who received dozens of calls a week, called the telephone company to complain. They were told that there is basically nothing they can do and directed them to the Do Not Call Registry. This is a database of phone numbers that do not want to receive solicitation calls. I had registered them long ago but just to be sure they were still actively registered, we went online to make sure and confirm they were registered and lo and behold, they were! Next, someone had recommended this gadget on QVC called the CPR Call Blocker*. It has been a game changer! Not only have the telemarketing calls stopped altogether but other unwanted solicitation calls too. They haven’t had a single call in over two months. It hasn’t happened, but if they do make it through, they simply press #2 to add the number to the database.
Just as the manual shows us, it's important to educate ourselves and our aging seniors on the use of tools available to protect ourselves and the ones we love. There are always new scams coming for us so it is imperative to keep an open line of communication and talk frequently about it. Our aging seniors living alone sometimes need help in making decisions about what is legitimate and what is a scam. We aren't saying never donate, as we all have charities we support. We simply want to remind them to make sure the information they have, has been validated and proved to be legitimate.
* Interim Healthcare of Bergen County has no affiliation with CPR Call Blocker or QVC and do no guarantee this product.