As the holiday season approaches, it becomes imperative to shed light on the significance of protecting our seniors from potential scams and elder abuse. The festive period, marked by generosity and warmth, unfortunately, also opens the door to opportunistic fraudsters preying on vulnerable individuals, particularly seniors.
Elderly individuals are often targeted due to their perceived trusting nature and potential unfamiliarity with evolving scam tactics. Holiday scams can take various forms, from fake charity solicitations to deceptive online shopping schemes. These scams not only pose a financial threat but can also have severe emotional and psychological consequences for seniors.
By emphasizing the importance of avoiding holiday scams, we aim to empower seniors and their caregivers with knowledge and awareness. Understanding common scam tactics enables seniors to identify red flags and take proactive measures to protect themselves. Encouraging open communication within families and communities is crucial, as it fosters an environment where seniors feel comfortable reporting suspicious activities.
We encourage you to learn more about holiday scams by listening to this podcast from AARP:
Statement they sign off on:
If your response to any of these questions is “yes”, please consider the following:
Verify you personally know the individual you are sending to or can confirm the legitimacy of the
business you are sending to.
· Scammers often impersonate friends or family members. Verify that the person you’re communicating
with truly is your friend or family member.
· Review the transaction and any concerns you have with your financial institution representative.
Big Sky Senior Services' program the Prevention of Elder Abuse seeks to provide information to prevent fraud and abuse for Seniors in our community. It is our belief that preventing abuse and fraud leads to independence and better health.