Today’s world is incredibly interconnected. While technology has made it easier than ever to connect with friends and family, it’s also made it easier for identity thieves to steal personal information and financial data. Making matters worse, thieves have targeted people in their 50’s and older, due to the fact that they frequently have more assets and money than younger folks.

If you’re involved in senior home care, your senior may be exploring the Internet, and might be an unsuspecting target. Read on for 5 ways they can protect themselves.

  1. “Free” doesn’t always mean free. If your senior receives an unsolicited email advertising free medical or legal services, and it asks for personal information, there’s a good chance it’s actually a scam.
  2. Speaking of unsolicited, be wary of phone calls asking for personal information. If you’re not sure, ask for the name of the company and a phone number, then do a little research to make sure the caller is legitimate.
  3. One of an identity thief’s favorite ways to steal information is by digging through trash. Documents such as bills often have addresses, social security numbers, and other data that you don’t want falling into the wrong hands. Using a shredder to destroy these documents is a great way to protect your senior.
  4. Sending information through emails is one of the least secure ways of transmitting information. While there’s nothing wrong with doing business online, be sure to do it on websites that are trusted and secure.
  5. A great habit for seniors, and everyone else, to get into is to check their credit on a yearly basis. By checking it with all three credit reports, they can stay current with their financial health.