Common Scams Targeting Seniors

Senior Woman Giving Credit Card Details On The PhoneWe try to protect the older members of our families. We look in on them when we can, we advise them to keep their homes secure, we make sure they get to their doctor’s appointments.

But in some cases, threats to senior citizens can come from people half a world away.

Financial scams targeting seniors are – unfortunately – everywhere these days. Here are some of the most common, according to the National Council on Aging.

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Elder Abuse: Signs of Abuse and How You Can Prevent It

 

Elder abuse is a growing problem that affects thousands of elderly individuals. Many times, abuse is well hidden and elders feel ashamed of being victimized, making it difficult to correct the situation. As the adult child, family member or friend of an elder, you can help prevent abuse by knowing the signs and what to do if abuse is suspected. The questions and answers below will help you identify elder abuse and prevent any further abuse.

What is elder abuse?

According to the Administration on Aging, elder abuse is a violation of human rights and a significant cause of illness, injury, loss of productivity, isolation and despair.

What are the types of elder abuse?

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Tax Scams to Avoid

Don’t fall victim to tax scams! Remember that if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

Here are some of the recent 2014 tax scams the Internal Revenue Service wants you to be aware of:

(1) Identity Theft

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information, such as your name, Social Security Number (SSN) or other identifying information – without your permission – to commit fraud or other crimes. In many cases, an identity thief uses a legitimate taxpayer’s identity to fraudulently file a tax return and claim a refund.

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Steps to Prevent Identity Theft and What to Do if It Happens

Identity theft isn’t just an unauthorized charge on a credit card. Identity theft, according to the Federal Trade Commission, “occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information, like your name, Social Security number or credit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.”

Although financial institutions, health care companies and other businesses have taken steps to improve security measures, you cannot rely on them to protect you. Taking steps now can prevent you from a major headache later.

PREVENTION – Be sure to always review your monthly statements from your checking or other financial accounts. The earlier that you catch an error, the easier it will be to resolve it. Also, balancing your check book will help you see where your money is going and will help you spot any unauthorized charges or withdrawals. Continue Reading Steps to Prevent Identity Theft and What to Do if It Happens

Tips for Safe Summer Travel

Are you thinking about traveling this summer?  Senior citizens love to travel over the summer. It is important to keep health and travel safety concerns at the forefront. It can ensure a safe, fun, and problem free trip. Here are some tips to ensure safe travel:

To keep yourself healthy while traveling, follow these tips:

  • Pay attention to the heat and stay hydrated. The easiest way to stay cool and comfortable is to drink 6-8 glasses a day. Don’t wait till you are thirsty…drink throughout the day even if you aren’t thirsty.
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Seniors and fraud: how to recognize it and stop it

Senior Woman Giving Credit Card Details On The PhoneAccording to a recent article in Elder Law Answers, 70 percent of the nation’s wealth is controlled by people age 55 and older. Of course, as people get older they need help with day to day activities and finances can be one of those activities. That’s where the potential for fraud comes in.

Many times the perpetrators are people that the victim knows, such as an adult child, grandchild or employed caregiver. Signs that fraud is taking place include:

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