How Can You Protect Your Elderly Mom From Scammers on Facebook?

A number of seniors have become victims of scammers through Facebook, a social media site. In these scams, the scammer sends a message to the senior acting as though they have friends in common. After spending a few months taking and building a relationship, the scammer asks to borrow money. As the elderly victim believes he or she has fallen in love, there’s no hesitation. Money is loaned, and the scammer disappears.

Elderly Care Fairport NY - How Can You Protect Your Elderly Mom From Scammers on Facebook?

Elderly Care Fairport NY – How Can You Protect Your Elderly Mom From Scammers on Facebook?

Facebook is a Useful Way to Keep in Touch

According to Pew Research, 62 percent of men and woman over the age of 64 use Facebook. It’s a handy way for your mom to see photos and news from her family members and friends. It’s also helpful at catching the latest store discounts and menus at favorite restaurants.

While a Facebook account is easy to set up, it’s often harder to figure out privacy settings. This is where you come in. If your mom is on Facebook, you must look at her privacy settings. Go through the privacy settings one by one and make sure that they’re set so that only her friends can see her posts, her contact information, and her friends’ list.

Your Mom Must Be Wary of Requests

It’s also important for your mom to be very cautious giving out information. Hackers can create fake accounts or hack into existing accounts. If this happens, your mom may think she’s talking to someone she knows, but she’s really not.

Set a few ground rules. Make sure she knows it’s never a good idea to give anyone her banking information. If someone she knows really needs money, they should come to her door and ask her personally. Even if she knows the person, she should know to run it by you for a second opinion. Make sure she doesn’t accept friend requests from strangers. Also, make sure she knows to not give out her date of birth or address.

What Happens if It’s Too Late

If your mom has fallen for a scam on Facebook, contact your local authorities. You’ll also need to contact any banks with accounts she’s given out and ask for a fraud alert to be placed immediately. A new bank account number and new debit and credit cards may need to be issued.

Many times, the elderly fall for scams because they’re lonely. Avoid this by hiring an elderly care professional to be a companion to your mom. Elderly care professionals can help her with meals, take her shopping, and join her for leisure activities. It’s a good way to keep her from feeling bored and talking to strangers online.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Elderly Care Services in Fairport NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and ansurrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)