Your mother is right to worry about being taken advantage of by scams targeting the elderly. Elder financial abuse in Kentucky can happen by staff member in nursing homes, but also by other residents, con artists, and phone and email scammers making “special offers” that are attractive to older people.
Seniors and their families may take the following precautions against financial scams:
- Reduce telemarketing calls by adding your phone number to the National Do Not Call Registry
- If you are notified that you have won a prize, bonus, refund or investment offer, always consult a family member or other trusted source before responding
- Don’t be pressured into making large purchases or investments immediately
- Don’t sign any documents that you don’t completely understand or haven’t read
- Never write down personal information (such as your bank account number or social security number)
- Do not give out any personal information over the phone unless you placed the call and can confirm the person you are speaking to
- Always shred bank statements, receipts, and financial records before throwing them away
- Never allow a staff member to perform a financial transaction on your behalf
- Keep in touch regularly with family members you trust
- Get involved with regular activities with friends and neighbors
- Stay as active as possible to encourage mobility and mental health
- Join a group in your facility or a nearby senior center to keep your social network strong
- Offer assistance to other residents, including calling each other with questions and problems
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