Dear Lord, no one is safe from thieves – especially our beloved senior citizens. No matter where they turn, there is always some other person ready and willing to take advantage of them and the hard work that they have done over the years.
There is a variety of ways that seniors can lose their identity and all of them are frightening, especially because the majority of elders are trusting and only see the best in other people. Of course there is the good old-fashioned method of purse or wallet snatching.
The next step in thievery seemed to be dumpster diving and mail theft. Now there is computer hacking and if you travel abroad, there are some really disgusting individuals that are able to copy your ATM or credit cards and wipe you out in a hurry. Trust me, I know firsthand and I was nowhere close to being an elder when it happened! But there was absolutely no denying it when I was standing next to the Chase Bank personnel and watching money literally roll out of my account!
Over the next day or so, I will be discussing ways to protect seniors from identity theft;
methods I have used and those that have been suggested in The S.A.L.T. Communicator.
When seniors and their loved ones follow these suggested rules and regulations, they will hopefully be safer. As a caregiver that believes that With Age Comes Respect, this is my first step to protect the innocent from the bad guys that exist in our world today.