Don’t Get Scammed: Free Online Tech Classes For Seniors

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Sadly, scammers frequently target older adults for online and telephone scams. The scammers believe older adults are more vulnerable and easier targets. But once you know some of the scammer’s tricks, you can avoid giving your personal information to the wrong person. Knowledge is power. Thankfully, AARP offers free online tech classes for seniors.

How To Spot a Scammer

According to the FTC, consumers lost $8.8 billion to scammers in 2022! And seniors are often targeted for these scams. But here are some red flags to recognize and be aware that someone is trying to con you or a loved one out of your hard-earned money.

  • Urgency
    The scammers will often push you to give them money or information now, or you will miss out on something. Be cautious, take a few minutes, and avoid letting anyone rush you into a bad situation.
  • If they contact you
    If someone calls you (saying they are your bank, credit card company, or SSN) and asks for your personal information, they are usually a scammer. You should only verify your information with a company if you call them.
  • Gift cards
    Your friends, family, or any organization will never reach out to you and ask you to purchase gift cards for them. Scammers love gift cards because they are untraceable. If someone says they are a family member in need, hang up and call the person yourself.

If you are unsure about the person calling, texting or emailing you – DO NOT ANSWER THEM. It is perfectly fine to hang up on a telephone scammer or ignore a text or email from someone you don’t know. Do not answer or engage the scammer. Ignore them, and they will hopefully go away. Unfortunately, there are many other targets to go after.

Free Online Tech Classes For Seniors

AARP is offering FREE online technology classes on how to protect your personal information online. They will show you tips for staying safe on the internet and how to recognize online scams.

Click the link here for classes: Digital Skills Ready at 50+

So, what should you do if your personal information has been compromised?

  • The first thing to do is call your bank. They will freeze your credit and debit cards. You will have to wait for them to mail you new ones, but it’s better than losing your life savings.
  • Call the local police. They will not be able to track down your money, but reporting a local scam will help notify and educate others.
  • Talk to your loved ones. There are some common scams. Your children may be able to tell you what they are and how to avoid them.

If an elderly loved one is at risk of being conned out of money, a guardianship attorney may be able to help. Working with a lawyer specializing in estate planning and guardianships can help protect you from losing more assets.

DuPage and Cook County Attorney

Are you worried someone you care about may have been scammed and needs safeguards? Call us to schedule a consultation with the experienced guardianship attorneys at Estate and Probate Legal Group. Call us at 630-864-5835.

AREAS WE SERVE: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and Will counties.