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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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