Heightened isolation and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic have created a perfect storm for senior financial exploitation.
“Scammers often prey on socially isolated individuals,” said Patricia Perkins, Director of the Idaho Department of Finance.
Personal details gathered from obituaries and social media posts can be used to target victims. Some exploit trust within senior’s social and support groups to become more involved in their lives.
To help, keep in touch with older family members, friends, and neighbors, so they know you are thinking of them. Let them know scammers have found ways to exploit the pandemic. The red flags of fraud, can be found at www.finance.idaho.gov.
They can include a ack of information or recall about finances, suddenly hiring extra help, isolation, and sketchy behavior from friends or relatives.
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