In today’s world, being digital-savvy can make your life a lot easier. From online banking to keeping in touch with friends, there’s almost nothing you can’t do online these days. However, digital services can be a double-edged sword when you find yourself being the target of scams. Some conmen deliberately target seniors, assuming that they are not Internet-savvy enough to recognize a scam. In this article, we share with you some top tips to protect yourself against online scams targeting the elders.
Never Share Personal Information Via Email
One common type of scam is where you receive an email claiming that you have won a prize, however, you would need to provide your banking details in order to receive it. Keep in mind that banks and other genuine organizations will never contact you in this manner, certainly not to threaten you that your account will be closed if you don’t act now. If you receive an email that looks suspicious, with several typo errors and an unofficial email address, delete it.
Use Antivirus and Antispyware Programs
Another way criminals can get access to your personal information is through malware. They send an email to unsuspecting victims that is loaded with a virus, and any recipient unfortunate enough to click on it will release a virus. When that happens, these criminals are able to gain control of your computer, slowing it down and even sending out spam emails. To this end, you will want to make use of antivirus and antispyware programs, which can flag out any suspicious emails.
Never Send Money to Someone You Met Online
Conmen can use relationship scams to play on the emotions of seniors before cheating them out of their money. After developing a relationship with the victim, romantic or otherwise, they then make up a “hard luck” story where they require money for medical expenses or to fly over to meet the victim. While you may wish to meet people online, never send them money or meet up with them in an isolated place. If you have to meet up, ensure that it is in a well-lit public space with plenty of other people around.
Conservatory At Champion Forest Offers Independent Living Homes for Seniors
Are you on the lookout for independent senior living communities where you can benefit from a safe, secure, and welcoming environment? If so, consider Conservatory At Champion Forest. In our stylish campus, not only will you have access to a range of hotel-like amenities, you will be surrounded by friendly faces, day in and day out. We understand that with such a major decision, you will want to schedule a tour with us before committing to a decision. We welcome you to come and take a look at our modern campus that is fitted with all the modern conveniences you will need to live a happy, healthy and comfortable life.