Did you know that an identity theft occurs once every three seconds? Seniors are particularly vulnerable. They’re often targeted because they tend to have more money saved than younger adults, and because they tend to be less likely to suspect malicious intent when they receive an email or phone call from someone they don’t know. In addition, seniors who live in assisted living facilities have their personal information passed among multiple people – some of whom may misuse it. Here are a few pointers for avoiding this unfortunately common problem:
Avoid identity theft by staying safe online
In phishing attacks, criminals mimic legitimate entities, like banks or insurance companies, to prompt individuals to input personal information like social security or credit card numbers. Beware of emails that say things like, “Your account will be canceled if you don’t reply!” or “You have won a large cash prize!” Legitimate companies will never ask for personal information over email.
Keep track of your credit
You can receive one free credit report per year from each of the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). Take advantage of free reports to monitor any suspicious activity.
Shred unnecessary documents
Shred things like receipts, statements, preapproved credit card offers or anything else that has your personal information. While you’re at it, put a stop to those preapproved offers, which thieves often use to glean personal information.
As seniors learn techniques for keeping their identities safe, they also need to stay healthy. BEK Medical can help. We offer a variety of equipment that promotes seniors’ safety and wellness. Give us a call at 915-599-1129 to find out more!