“Someone has stolen my identity, and the local sheriff in Rockport, Texas, called and said I need to take care of the outstanding charges or they will issue a warrant for my arrest. “Kelli, you can’t tell anyone, but I need to get to the bank immediately,” he said softly and almost defeated. “He will call me back in two hours, and I have his office number and badge number for verification. I could hear the desperation and downright fear in my uncle’s voice.
I knew this was a scam, but he was all in, hook, line, and sinker. He had trusted me with the information, and the last thing I wanted to do was to break the bond. The next step was to speak to him without insulting his intelligence, which would require careful maneuvering.
#Caregivers are often the first to notice or hear about a scam. As family members and professionals, we must stay vigilant regarding scams. Here are a few signs that might indicate a senior is a target of a scammer:
- They make unusual financial transactions through withdrawals or purchases like gift cards.
- They are suddenly receiving constant emails, texts, or phone calls.
- They are anxious and need to act quickly or get someone where immediately.
- New friends appear out of nowhere and become chummy very quickly.
- Changes in behavior, incredibly secretive or sneaky activity.
As #inhome care partners, we can do more to keep our clients safe at home by educating and sharing our knowledge with our #caregivers and our clients.
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!” – Sir Walter Scott.