Seniors are at risk of being scammed. Whether that’s from scammers knocking on doors, calling phones, or mail solicitation, it puts them in a vulnerable situation.
The Identity Them Resource Center found that seniors are targeted because there is a sense of trust, less knowledge of technology and a limited income, which makes them prime targets.
People over the age of 65 are more likely to get scammed over the phone and lose money than those in their 40s, according to research by Stanford Center on Longevity,.
That’s why Evan Zeldan, co-owner of Seniors Helping Seniors, tells caregivers for seniors to answer the phone for them.
“There’s totally many forms of scams that perpetrators try to prey on seniors. And there are over five million seniors in the state of Florida,” Evan said.
The Better Business Bureau tips on to avoid being scammed to protect yourself:
– Never send money through the phone or mail
– Use traceable transactions
– Don’t be pressured to act immediately
– Don’t believe everything you see
Additional reporting by Brittany Muller