A quick glance at The Top Ten Scams Targeting Seniors reveals a few simple maxims:
- Verify, verify, verify. Scammers will say and do ANYTHING and impersonate anyone to get to your wallet. They might claim to be your neighborhood bank, your healthcare provider, or even your relative to convince you to give them what they want. When in doubt, take their information, and check with a trusted third party before proceeding.
- Guard your personal information. Play your cards close, but keep your personal information closer! Never give out your social security number, credit card numbers, and so on unless you are positive you know who you are giving them to.
- Be knowledgeable. Whether it's a healthcare procedure, a new mortgage, a contractor or funeral expenses, do your research so you aren't overcharged. If you choose not to do it yourself, find a competent person you trust to help.
For more information on senior fraud, click here for resources from AARP.
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