The aging population has always been a top target for scammers. It’s easy for seniors to be too trusting, especially when they are uninformed about the prevalence and strain of current scams.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 Pandemic has brought about a huge increase in scams. While scammers target just about everyone, this crisis is an opportunity for them to try new ploys on the frequently confused and often naïve older population. Many of these scams are online, which also puts the senior population at risk since they don’t understand the internet as well as younger generations.
Now more than ever, it’s essential to educate elderly loved ones about the common Coronavirus scams. Some of the current scams include:
- Scammers asking for personal information under the guise of helping you access economic impact funds
- Fraudulent tests or cures for the virus
- Donation requests for fake charities
- Fake payday loans
- False work-from-home opportunities
- Price gouging for personal protective equipment or household supplies
If someone is reaching out for money or asking for information, it is most likely a scam. If you accidentally answer a robocall, immediately hang up. Never give out information about your bank account, social security number, or any other personal details. And always remember: the IRS only contacts taxpayers by U.S. mail.
Protecting Senior Family Members
Stay involved with older adults to help them avoid today’s scams. Even if you can’t be there in person, you can maintain communication over the phone or through video calls. These conversations are important to help the person avoid issues of uncertainty and loneliness, which might increase the chances of them trusting a scammer.
Stay up-to-date on the latest Coronavirus fraud prevention tips, such as this information from the FTC, and share these details with your loved ones.
Our team at Senior Safe and Sound is focused on reducing the risk of elder abuse and neglect. If you need support or information, then contact us by email at info@SeniorSafeAndSound.org or call 858-480-7551.
This information is intended to inform the public at large about this important issue. It is not intended to serve as legal or medical advice.