2. Get listed on the do not call list
By decreasing the number of telemarketer phone calls and mailings you receive, you also decrease the risk of elder fraud and financial exploitation. Visit www.donotcall.gov to add your name to the list.
3. Use direct deposit
Sign up for direct deposit for any benefit and social security checks you receive. This will help you avoid the risk of hard copy checks in the mail being stolen.
4. Be smart when giving info over the phone
Only provide personal information over the phone if you initiated the call to speak with a reputable company or individual.
5. Don't be afraid to speak up
Ninety percent of elder abuse is committed by a family member. For this reason, many elders are afraid to, or feel bad about, speaking up. No one deserves to be a victim of elder abuse or fraud, so don't be afraid to speak up and protect yourself.
For more information and tips around elder fraud, visit the National Council on Aging and stopfraud.gov.
In our next post, we'll share signs to help you identify elder fraud to support those who have fallen victim to such abuse.
Unfortunately, elder fraud happens too often. Below are five tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe.