Why Are Seniors Reluctant to Report When They’ve Been Scammed?

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Every year, millions of dollars are stolen in scams. Seniors are often the key targets because they’re more likely to answer a phone and believe the scam artist’s story. With so many elderly men and women falling victim to scams, why are they also so reluctant to report when they have been a victim?

Home Health Care in Hallandale FL: Senior Scams

Home Health Care in Hallandale FL: Senior Scams


Reasons Why Seniors Don’t Speak Up

There are two reasons why seniors are less likely to report that they’ve been scammed. One is that they don’t know how. Make sure your parent knows if they are scammed that they call the local police. They can also contact their state’s attorney general and report it to the FTC. There’s an online form at ftc.gov/complaint that’s easy to fill out.

The other reason is due to feelings of shame. Seniors fall for a scam and are ashamed they didn’t catch it. Make sure your parents know that people of all ages fall for scams. They’re not alone. What’s most important is reporting scammers as quickly as possible.

Know the Common Scams

Educate your parent when you read about a new scam. Make sure they know the common ones. The IRS scam is a big one. A caller will call and say the person owes taxes to the IRS. That sets people off in a panic because owing the government money is frightening. The scammer threatens with jail if the person does not send money or give banking info immediately.

Grandparent scams are also common. A person calls pretending to be a police officer, doctor, or lawyer. The senior hears that a grandchild has been arrested or was in a crash. Money is needed immediately to cover bail, legal fees, or medical costs.

A third popular scam is the lottery scam. The senior gets a call or postcard that they’ve won a lottery. To collect the prize, the senior must pay taxes in advance. Once the taxes are paid, the winnings will be sent.

Limit the Time Your Parent is Alone

Prevent scams by making sure your parent doesn’t spend time talking to an unknown caller or visitor. You can do this by blocking unlisted numbers. A senior care professional can also help keep your parent from answering the phone.

Caregivers can help with housework and meals, transportation and appointments, and socializing. With a caregiver there to check the caller ID, text messages, emails, and door-to-door sales, your parent will be able to avoid many scams. Call a senior care agency to get started.

If you or a family member are in need of Home Health Care in Hallandale, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770.

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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.