Talking to your aging parents about phone scams, frauds and hackers can be difficult if they become defensive. They might feel that you are implying they can no longer care for themselves. That may not be true; you might be concerned about their lack of knowledge of the latest phishing or phone scams that are out there. The Wall Street Journal has tips for talking to your aging parents about phone safety and scammers.
Emotions run high around the holiday season, and that’s what scammers are planning on. They want an emotional response to their phone call, causing you or your parents to overlook the fact that something is not right about that call. The scammers want you or your aging parents to make the bad decision and give out your social security number, or bank PIN.
Do not be condescending when talking with your parents; they probably know more than you think. Instead, tell them your concerns. Explain more phishing scams happen around the holidays, so now is a good time for both your parents and you to slow down and discuss this.
People over 60 have lost a lot of money to phone scammers. So here are some questions to help begin the conversation with your parents about keeping themselves safe from hackers, scammers and frauds.
It’s not unusual for an older parent to have fallen for a scam or phishing fraud. Thieves target the older population. If a loved one has been scammed, call us to see if we can help. Contact us today at 630-864-5835.
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