3 Ways To Help Your Elderly Loved One Protect Themselves From Hackers and Scammers
With hackers and scammers becoming more and more advanced, it can be easy for anyone to get tricked by these criminals and lose their money or their identity in the process. Sadly, many hackers and scammers seek to target older individuals, hoping that they can trick or confuse them into giving them what they want. And because many seniors have spent their lives accumulating wealth and possessions, they often have a lot to lose as well.
If you’re worried about your parents or other loved ones being taken advantage of by hackers and scammers, here are three ways you can help your elderly loved ones protect themselves, their money, and their identity.
Be Careful When Answering Unknown Numbers
If your elderly loved one is living in an assisted living facility and doesn’t have much access to their own phone or computer, you may not have to worry about this type of fraud as much. But if your aging loved one does have their own phone, one thing you’re going to want to warn them about is answering calls or texts from numbers they don’t recognize.
Luckily, many phones and operating systems are getting better about detecting scam calls and blocking them from coming through. But if your elderly loved one does get a call from a number that they don’t already have saved in their phone, advise them not to answer it. And if they do ever get on the phone with someone they don’t know claiming to be someone they do know, it’s best to hang up and call that person, company, or government agency back through their documented phone number before speaking at length.
Don’t Give Out Personal Information
While your elderly loved one might like shopping online, you should help them learn how to spot a safe and secure website to enter their information and recognize when they shouldn’t be giving out their personal information.
In general, if a website or person is verified as being safe, like the website has a lock by the URL or it’s a person or website they know and trust from the past, then it’s okay to give them their personal information. Otherwise, it’s best not to trust people or businesses they stumble upon online.
Verify Sender Before Clicking On Links In Emails
One type of online scam that is becoming prevalent is phishing scams. With these scams, someone will send an email from an address that looks like it’s coming from someone you know. However, by checking the email rather than just the name associated with the email address, you may find that the email address is wrong.
To help your elderly loved one recognize this, have them check what actual email address emails are coming from before they respond to suspicious emails.
If you’re worried about someone taking advantage of your elderly loved one, consider using the tips mentioned above to help them learn how to protect themselves using the technology they have.