Many elderly people reside in Florida and even if they are alert and able to handle their own affairs, they can still be vulnerable to scams. It is unfortunate that people with bad intentions will target the elderly to extract money from them, but it happens frequently. It is important to be aware of these illegal activities and take appropriate steps by being prepared to combat them.
Preventing scams from impacting elderly family members
For adult children and other loved ones who want to protect their elderly family members, it is wise to understand effective strategies to do so. Simply dismissing phone calls with automated messages or people saying they are from the Internal Revenue Service or Social Security Administration might not be sufficient. It is imperative to explain why they should hang up or use caller ID to avoid calls from unfamiliar numbers. Parents might take offense if they feel as if they are being lectured. It is useful to keep from blaming them or making them feel ashamed because they made a mistake.
Elderly parents still want to feel in control of their own affairs even if they need guidance. If they have been told they are eligible to win money or have unclaimed rewards, a form of reverse psychology is asking if others can take advantage of these unexpected windfalls. Thinking about it in those terms could reveal how unlikely it is to be true. If the parent is in danger of being scammed or has already lost money in a scam, they can be encouraged to help others by contacting law enforcement to put a stop to it. Going so far as gauging the options under elder law can also be crucial.
Vigilance can serve as a shield
Checking the mail, keeping track of phone calls, watching bank account activity and using available tools can reduce or counteract these illegal behaviors from happening. Regardless of how attentive loved ones are, elderly people can still face forms of financial abuse from predatory scammers. Having legal assistance could be imperative to address these problems.