Six ways to protect old people from online scams

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With  Ozioma Ubabukoh

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Elderly people are very much vulnerable to financial and Internet frauds because of their advanced age. As a result, some rogues take advantage of this to defraud them. They may not even be aware of this. You will simply notice that your aged mum or dad keeps asking for money every week. Hence, it is very important for you to protect them from fraud, and here are six ways to do this:

Limit marketing calls

Since older people are always at home, they are more susceptible to scammers who may target their phones. You can block spam calls and messages by using Truecaller.

Know their online profile

The Internet is a minefield of information. You will know everything about an individual with the click of a button. So, take time out to check out your elderly people’s online profiles so that you can remove any information that hackers and scammers can use to defraud your parents.

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Scrutinise their bank statements

Since they are aged, you should have access to their bank statements. From time to time, request for their financial statements and scrutinise them. If you notice any irregularities, you should find out why.

Observe changes in them

It is easier to know when something is wrong with an elderly person. Do not ignore these changes or signs. It may be that someone is defrauding them. Talk to them and find out the reason why they are depressed.

Get a trustworthy person to help

You may not have enough time to do all of the above because you are so busy. Get someone (it may be a sibling or cousin) you can trust to assist your parents in performing their financial transactions. However, still take time out to check what the person is doing.

Take action

Immediately you notice any kind of financial fraud, you should not overlook it. Take action to block the loophole notwithstanding if it is online or offline.

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