Help older family members spot scams
Con artists often target seniors. That's because old folks tend to be home, they often have access to money and they're less likely to spot the warning signs of a scam.
Jullie Gray from Aging Wisdom in Seattle says it's important to explain the facts of life to older family members. Tell them that there are some bad people out there trying to take advantage of them.
"Informing them that there are a lot of scam artists who are calling, who are sending mail notices, who may even email information to try to get Social Security numbers and bank numbers," Gray said.
It's also important for you to look for warning signs that your loved one is being targeted.
"For example lots of mail coming in from unsolicited places or phone calls from lots of people who are strangers," Gray said. "Maybe your parent is insisting that they won a jackpot and you know it's not the truth. Or they're not able to pay their bills anymore. All of those things could be signs that something is going wrong."