“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:

  1.  They make unusual financial transactions through withdrawals or purchases like gift cards.
  2. They are suddenly receiving constant emails, texts, or phone calls.
  3. They are anxious and need to act quickly or get someone where immediately.
  4. New friends appear out of nowhere and become chummy very quickly.  
  5. 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.