While identity theft affects people of all different age groups, more and more senior citizens are becoming targets of this crime.
There are a few different reasons why older people fall prey to identity thieves:
- After a lifetime of saving, they have more money than younger people
- More people have access to their personal info, thanks to nursing homes and the health care system
- Seniors tend to be more trusting and may not see the signs of identity theft
- Older people are less likely to report identity theft out of fear of losing their independence
Fortunately, there are steps seniors and their caregivers can take to avoid falling victim to identity theft.