Telemarketing fraud is a serious danger for older adults. Each year fraudulent telemarketers cost senior adults throughout the United States billions of dollars. This is largely due to the fact that companies that utilize fraudulent activities are more likely to target seniors. Fortunately, there are ways that your senior and you can work together to reduce the risk that they will suffer serious consequences as a result of telemarketing fraud.
Use these tips to help protect your parent from telemarketing fraud:
- Encourage your parent that it is perfectly acceptable, and safe, for them to hang up on a caller who seems suspicious or who makes them uncomfortable.
- Your parent should never give any type of personal information to a caller unless they are the ones who initiated the call, and they know why that information is being given. Make sure they understand that they will never be asked their PIN.
- If your parent feels pressured or manipulated by the caller, they should not make any agreements, give bank account information, or agree to any contracts.
- If your parent receives a call from a charitable organization, they should request information in the mail so that you can research the organization together and ensure that any money your parent might want to donate actually goes to that organization.
- Your parent should never pay for anything in advance or put down deposits for anything that they did not initiate
- If they are receiving a solicitation for a home repair or other service that they are interested in, they should ask for estimates and references and say that they will call back.
- If at any point your parent or you suspect that they have been victimized, or that there is a potential scam, contact law enforcement.
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