Protect Your Elderly Loved ones from Scams
Scammers will continuously update methodologies, technology and delivery of scams. These result in some of the more recent scams to watch out for in 2023 such as the such as the QR Code scheme which show new ways to use technology.
And like everyone else scammers have embraced technology.
In-home Care can help provide support to your elderly loved ones and families by helping our clients stay safe and providing Integrated Wellness Care which supports everyday living along with healthcare services.
Ways that In-Home Health Services Help Protect Your Loved Ones from Fraudsters
Elderly loved ones are often alone or isolated from their families, even if they live nearby. They will spend most of their day on their own. Even some isolation makes it easy for fraudsters to call, email and text your elderly loved ones and catch them off guard. This creates an environment where your elderly loved one will be willing to speak with a fraudster.
In-Home care provides many benefits for your elderly loved one who is aging at home. Here are some benefits that we often overlook when it comes to In-Home Care.
- In-Home Care provides companionship and company for your elderly loved one. In-Home Care Services comes with a person who cares. You can rely on your family member having their care needs met and having someone to talk with in the process of going about their day.
- Alliance In-Home Care services supports for your elderly loved one and family care givers. Our In-Home Care professionals will often notice changes in habits and the health of your elderly loved ones that may go overlooked by family and family caregivers. This can be important fro any changes needed in care.
- So many fraud attempts come through everyday interactions and technology. While we are not tech support, we can alert family and family care givers to any unusual activity, robo calls or attempts to reach your elderly family member.
Alliance Senior Care In-Home Health Care Services provides our clients with a partnership for combining in-person at home healthcare services provided by a compassionate healthcare professional.
Here are seven scams that anti-fraud experts are tracking in 2023, along with tips on how to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Crooks combine crypto scams with old-fashioned romance scams, posing as internet love interests so they can cajole their targets into downloading an app and investing in fake crypto accounts. “They claim that they’re even putting some of their own money into your fund,” explains former Federal Trade Commission official Steve Baker, who publishes the Baker Fraud Report. While the app displays data that seems to show your wealth growing, criminals are just taking your money.
Ways to Stay Safe:
Carefully scrutinize any investment opportunity, even if you think you’re a sophisticated investor. It is easy to think it won’t ever happen to you but, that is all the more reason to stay on your guard for ‘opportunities’ that come your way.
Payday loan scam
Criminals exploit the inflation squeezing workers by offering fake payday loans that they claim will help people settle their bills. Loan applicants are told they’ll need to prepay a fee. The money goes into the crooks’ pockets, and the applicant gets nothing.
Never accept an offer for money in advance to any payday, social security benefits, pay checks or otherwise.
One-Time Password (OTP) bot scam
The credit reporting company Experian warns that scammers utilize bots — automated programs — to deceive people into sharing the two-factor authentication codes sent to them via text or email from financial institutions (or from companies such as Amazon).
The bot will make a robocall or send a text that appears to come from a bank, asking you to authorize a charge, then it asks you to enter the authentication code you’ve just been sent if the transaction isn’t yours. It’s actually the bot that’s trying to log into your bank account, and it wants the code that the bank sent to you as a precaution, so it can get in.
Ways to Protect from a One-time Password Scam:
Never share authentication codes, or provide other information, in response to an unsolicited phone call or text.
Ways to stay safe:
If you receive a QR code out of the blue, whether it is from a text or email, contact the person or company that supposedly sent it, to make sure it is for real.
If you call a company who sent it be sure to look up their phone number and do not se any contact details in a text or email that was sent to you.
How In-Home Care Helps
As always friends and family can help you navigate being safe with technology and other types of scams out there that pretend to be something else.
In-Home care provides care services and companionship for your elderly loved ones and we also provide support in daily living activities.
To get started with In-Home Care can help improve your loved ones’ quality of life, call Alliance Senior Care at 248-274-2170. It’s not just In-Home Care, it is Integrated Care.
Home Care Services are an excellent resource for family caregivers and seniors alike.
Alliance Senior Care Home Care services offer a wide range of services providing healthcare, daily living assistance, transportation to and from Doctor’s appointments and tailored care services for additional circumstances.