How to Protect Parents From Spammers, Scammers And Other Scoundrels

In several previous posts we looked at scams that target seniors (including newer scams). Here's a look at some simple techniques to arm yourself and your parents against scam artists online, on the phone or at the door:

Stop Senior Scams lists five touchstones you need to remind your parents of:

1. If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
2. When it comes to a "now or never" opportunity, choose "never"
3. Keep account numbers, codes and passwords private.
4. Shred bills, junk mail and receipts when discarding them.
5. Don't be afraid to report your experiences. If you feel uncomfortable, tell someone.

No matter what age we are, we learn lessons the hard way and many seniors have been duped before they learn not to trust unsolicited emails, phone calls or people at the door. Sometimes they get duped a number of times.

In the last part of our four part look at seniors and scammers we'll look at what you can do if your mom or dad has been scammed.

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