3 Ways Elderly Care Stops COVID-19 Stimulus Scammers In Their Tracks
COVID-19 stimulus scams are on the rise in Clinton Township, and your loved ones may be at risk. But our elderly care service can keep your family safe, while also ensuring no care needs go unmet.
Read on to learn 3 ways we help stop stimulus scammers in their tracks, or call (586)-690-7500 to start a free elderly care consultation in Macomb County.
COVID-19 Stimulus Scams On The Rise In Clinton Township, MI
As of May 3, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had reportedly logged over 471,600 consumer complaints regarding COVID-19 stimulus scams, 71.8% of which resulted in fraud or identity theft, totalling more than $423 million this year, with a median loss of $350 per victim.
“Fraudsters are using the full suite of scam tools,” write John Waggoner and Andy Markowitz in a new AARP scam report. “Phishing emails and texts, bogus social media posts, robocalls, imposter schemes, and more.”
Scam artists are following the headlines, too, piggybacking off of current events to make their cons more convincing. For example, federal and state agencies are now warning of a rush of vaccine scams, with fraudulent websites and phishing emails offering early access to Pfizer shots in order to steal your personal details. And with the American Rescue Plan Act now rolling out another round of COVID-19 relief payments, authorities anticipate a fresh flood of stimulus scams.
Seniors are frequently targeted, and your loved one might be at risk. But if you’re already working with our elderly care team, you’ve got nothing to worry about. What follows is a quick review of 3 ways our elderly care service stops COVID-19 stimulus scammers in their tracks.
How To Stop COVID-19 Stimulus Scammers With Elderly Care Services In Macomb County
- Steer seniors clear of phishing scams. According to a July 30 alert from the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the pandemic has brought about “significant increases in broad-based and targeted phishing campaigns.” With phishing schemes, cybercriminals pose as legitimate institutions to trick individuals into sharing sensitive data, such as banking and credit card details, passwords, and other personally identifiable information. But with our elderly care team monitoring internet activity and email correspondence, it won’t take long for phishing scammers to see your loved ones aren’t taking the bait.
- Bolster your loved one’s robocall defense with elderly care. “Download a call blocker,” writes Marc Saltzmann in a new AARP report titled “The Definitive Guide to Reducing Robocalls. “Experiment with call-blocking tools, apps, and options. Your mobile carrier has free tools, too.”
No-cost services from firms such as YouMail and Nomorobo are recommended, but there are countless different options nowadays. If your loved one needs help finding and installing the right call-blocking software, your elderly care team can help. What’s more, by screening calls for your mom or dad, we add a second line of defense, should any robocalls manage to “slip the blockade.”
- Report any unusual activity or new relationships. Many scams involve “social engineering.” Fraudsters pose as friends, family members, or even romantic partners, then exploit your loved one’s trust to extort money or steal personal information. Our elderly care team can monitor visits, phone calls, and email correspondence, then report any unusual activity or new relationships to you straight away, so you can take the appropriate action.
Scam-Proof Your Family: Free Quote On Elderly Care In Macomb County
To get a quote on any custom elderly care service in Clinton Township and the surrounding area, call Thomas Isett at (586)-690-7500 or book online by visiting the Always Best Care of Macomb County website.