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Fraud Protection for Seniors

Fraud Protection for seniors sarasota
Have you ever answered a call to hear one of those automated messages telling you there is a warrant out for you arrest and that you need to pay bail? Or that the IRS is coming after you unless you wire money to someone? Well if you have, then you have heard someone trying to defraud you. It's no secret that hackers target seniors because seniors come off as easier targets. Thieves see seniors as less tech savvy or less experienced in the online world. Plus, being a senior means having a retirement fund!

So how can you protect yourself against these cyber criminals? How can you make sure you and your money stay safe? The answer is simple, education! By understanding the types of financial scams and how to identify them right away, you can make sure you never become a victim. There is no greater weapon than knowledge when it comes to fraud protection.
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All cyber crimes come down to one mission, stealing information. By getting personal information from you, such as your address, credit card numbers, social security numbers, or date of birth, online criminals are able to commit fraudulent activity with ease. Keep an eye out for fake emails, these are usually part of what is called a Phishing scam. The emails usually look very official and as if they are being sent from a legitimate source such as the IRS or a Bank.

However, if you look closely at the sender's email address, if usually won't look as real. Another easy way to identify a fake email is if they are asking you to input sensitive information such as banking passwords, your social security number, or credit card information. If you are ever unsure, contact the institution directly via phone to see if they really sent an email.
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A second way that scammers will try to get your information is a more direct approach, through your mail. Mail can carry all sorts of information that hackers find useful. By getting bank statements sent to your house, you make yourself vulnerable. A simple way to prevent any mail theft would be to make sure to pick up your mail as soon as possible after deliver or asking for certain documents to request your signature upon delivery.

All scams and hacks can seem scary, especially when they involve technology. But by reading up on past cases and just taking a few extra persuasions, you can protect yourself!

If you believe you are a victim of a scam here are some helpful links.
Bureau of Consumer Protection
State Consumer Protection Offices


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