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Senior Care Scams:The Important Things To Know And To Watch Out For

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Unfor­tu­nate­ly, senior care scams are alive and well. In 2022, the elder­ly pop­u­la­tion in the U.S. was heav­i­ly tar­get­ed by var­i­ous types of care­giv­er scams. Adults over the age of 60 report­ed 88,262 com­plaints to the FBI’s Inter­net Crime Com­plaint Cen­ter, suf­fer­ing a total loss of $3.1 bil­lion. This har­row­ing fig­ure marks an 84% increase in loss­es com­pared to those report­ed in 2021. The aver­age loss per vic­tim was over $35,000, and trag­i­cal­ly, more than 5,000 vic­tims lost in excess of $100,000.

Cal­i­for­nia, being at the fore­front of this issue, leads the nation in the num­ber of elder­ly vic­tims of fraud. The col­lec­tive amount of report­ed loss­es incurred in Cal­i­for­nia alone amount­ed to over $624 mil­lion in 2022.

In the face of these alarm­ing sta­tis­tics, it’s essen­tial to rec­og­nize the four main types of care­giv­er scams that are pre­dom­i­nant­ly affect­ing our com­mu­ni­ties:

1.Financial Scams: Most scams, if not all, are dri­ven by the lure of finances and rich­es. Unscrupu­lous indi­vid­u­als may deceive or manip­u­late the elder­ly to gain access to their funds.

2. Unqual­i­fied Care­giv­er: These scams involve indi­vid­u­als pos­ing as trained care­givers but lack­ing the nec­es­sary qual­i­fi­ca­tions. They may pro­vide sub­stan­dard care, lead­ing to health and safe­ty risks.

3. Abu­sive Care­givers: This is an espe­cial­ly fright­en­ing thought as these scam­mers can cause phys­i­cal or emo­tion­al harm to the elder­ly indi­vid­u­als under their care.

4. Bogus Job and Nan­ny Scams: Some scam­mers adver­tise fake care­giv­er jobs, lur­ing peo­ple into var­i­ous fraud­u­lent schemes, such as the theft of per­son­al infor­ma­tion or mon­ey.

Edu­ca­tion and aware­ness are vital in com­bat­ing these types of scams. Please watch this video to learn more about how to iden­ti­fy, pre­vent, and report care­giv­er scams, and help pro­tect the vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of our soci­ety.

00:00 Intro­duc­tion
00:22 Care­giv­er Scam Dol­lar Loss­es
01:03 Safe­ty First
01:53 Four Main Types Of Care­giv­er Scams
02:04 Finan­cial Scams
04:22 All Fam­i­ly Mem­bers Should Pro­vide Finan­cial Over­sight
05:47 Get A Back­ground Check On Care­givers
06:02 Abu­sive Care­giv­er
07:01 Check Out Ref­er­ences
07:34 Bogus Job And Nan­ny Scam
07:55 Niger­ian Advance Fee Scam
08:35 Look For Clues
08:52 Nev­er Wire Mon­ey To Strangers
09:33 Tips For Pro­tect­ing Your Loved Ones From Scams
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