For the past couple of days, I have been introducing the scams played on seniors as announced in the Milton Township S.A.L.T. Communicator by Mary Woolery, Inspector of the Illinois State Police.
Whatever you can do to prepare your loved ones or those you care for, please do so. Some of the tips suggested include:
- Check the caller ID and do not answer if you do not recognize the phone number.
- Never, ever give out personal information out over the phone or via internet.
- Hang up if someone on the other end of the phone line tries to pry you for information or wants money.
- Never mail money to unknown groups or individuals.
- Never allow anyone into your home uninvited or that you do not recognize.
- Don’t cash unknown checks.
- Contact your local police department if any of the above has happened to you.
The Glen Ellyn Police phone number is 630.469.1187.
The Wheaton Police phone number is 630.260.2161.
The Sheriff’s Office phone number is 630.682.7856.
Of course there are other things that you will want to do for or with your elder family member if they happen to be the victims of identity theft. The other items include:
- Produce as much documentation as possible.
- Contact all three credit bureaus about the status of your credit and to report the ‘theft.’
- Specifically document all calls about the matter at hand.
The information covered over the past three days is very important and can make or break the finances of someone older. As a caretaker and someone who loves these individuals unconditionally, I plan to do my very best to help my clients avoid these scam artists and to keep their money and personal data intact. After all, I really do believe that With Age Comes Respect and I plan to uphold that motto each and every day that I hold this position of importance!