Could Your Parent Have Been a Victim of a Cyber Crime?

Use of the internet is rising every day, and for many people the thought of daily functioning without the use of a computer or mobile device is unimaginable. The internet is used for virtually everything these days, but that doesn’t mean everyone is comfortable using it, or able to use it safely and effectively. Approximately 30 percent of elderly adults admit to never using the internet, and among those who do, a large percentage do not understand basic risks. This can make them extremely vulnerable to the possibility of fraud and crime. As a family caregiver, it is important to take steps to protect your senior from these crimes, but you should also be prepared to take steps to manage the aftermath if they do fall victim to a scam. Being able to recognize the signs that your parent has been victimized by a cyber crime allows you to intervene as quickly as possible, and work to minimize the impact and alert the proper authorities.

Elderly Care in Port St. Lucie FL: Signs Your Parent was a Victim of Cyber Crime

Elderly Care in Port St. Lucie FL: Signs Your Parent is a Victim of Cyber Crime

Some signs your parent has been a victim of a cyber crime include:

  • Sudden money problems.
  • Your parent not wanting you to look into their finances.
  • Bills for services or items your parent did not utilize or order.
  • Credit card bills for cards your parent does not have.
  • Reports of unusual financial activity from their bank.
  • Health insurance rejecting claims based on claims your parent did not make.
  • Increased calls from telemarketers.
  • Increased instance of spam emails.
  • Unusual or suspicious communication in their email or social media.
  • Your parent talking about a new friend or romantic interest who seems too good to be true, and starts asking for money for “donations to charitable organizations” or “help” out of difficult situations.
  • Your parent suddenly wanting to make changes to their will or other legal plans for their future.

 

Helping your parent maintain more of their independence is one of the most meaningful and nurturing things you can do for them as their family caregiver. Feeling independent and autonomous is an extremely important part of maintaining good mental and emotional health and well-being, particularly for elderly adults. Seniors experience feelings of depression, anxiety, and even loss of motivation to take care of themselves when they feel as though they are not able to control their own lives. Introducing elderly care into their care routine can help your parent to feel more independent, and exert more control over their life. Services that help to support independence can include transportation, physical support to help with mobility issues, meal preparation, medication reminders, and more.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Port St. Lucie, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.

Sources

https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/common-fraud-schemes/seniors

https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-06-2012/scams-targeting-older-victims.html

About Jon Fedele

Jon Fedele is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Activa Home Health. During the past 15 years he has owned and operated several successful healthcare companies in South Florida.

“I am passionate about our community and the people we serve”, states Mr. Fedele. “We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and allow them the dignity to age safely and independently in their own homes”.

Jon is married and has three children. He enjoys waterskiing and spending time with his family and friends.
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