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Three Things Your Parents Should Never Do Online

By Dawn Hill

The FTC found that almost 11 percent of U.S. adults had been the victim of at least one scam. Certain scams fool older adults more often than younger adults. Sweepstakes scams were one of the scams that older Americans were more likely to fall for. Around 8 million men and women age 60 or older were victims of fraud.

To protect your parents, you need to make sure they understand that phone, internet, and email are three of the most common ways scammers reach out. If they're online, they need to avoid doing these three things.

Never Accept Messages From Strangers

As tempting as it may be to read that message a stranger sends, your parents need to learn to block them. On some social media sites, one click is all it takes to block messages from people that aren't friends or connections. The same is true of emails. Mark them as spam and trash them.

Never Click on Links in Emails

If your parents get an email saying there's an account problem, they shouldn't click any link found within the email. It could be a scam. Instead, they should open a new tab in their browser, search that company or bank's name, find the real website, and load it that way.

Once they log in, they should see if there are any messages stating there is an issue. If not, the email was a scam. If there is an issue, they can call and get it straightened out.

Never Share Personal Things Publicly

Your parents need to avoid sharing personal information in a public setting. If they are sharing photos on Facebook, they need to make sure photos are set to share only with friends and not friends of friends or public.

They shouldn't share details about where they live, post their phone number, or share information on where they're traveling in a public setting. It alerts scammers to details that can be very useful in pulling off grandparent scams.

The FBI suggests that some successful cases of fraud are linked back to older American's upbringing. They were taught to answer phones. They were taught to be polite and give the speaker a chance. Loneliness can also play a part in this as some seniors may go days without having someone to talk to. Elderly care solves some of this.

Caregivers can stop by weekly, a few times a week, or every day. During those visits, companionship services are part of the options. Your parents have someone to talk to. It can make a difference. Talk about prices by calling an elderly care agency.

Sources:

https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/common-fraud-schemes/seniors
https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/protecting-older-consumers-2017-2018-report-congress-federal-trade-commission/protecting_older_consumers_-_ftc_report_10-18-18.pdf

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