Although most people hold their elders in high esteem, there will be those one or two crooks that will put respect aside just to make a quick buck. These guys will tend to go the fraud or con route when dealing with senior citizens. Hopefully, these tips from Maxidor will help older people stay protected from schemers.
Many fraudsters will parade as service or delivery personnel, says Maxidor. When people of this sort come knocking on your door, ask them for ID and, if you’re still unsure, check with the company they say they work for. This especially applies if you weren’t expecting a service or delivery. If a person or situation makes you uncomfortable, remove yourself from the predicament as soon as possible. And if sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Avoid it.
And those pesky telemarketers can be a tricky bunch! Maxidor says it is illegal for them to ask for credit card or bank account numbers in order to verify or turn a prize over to you. Same goes with belligerent insurance brokers. If they try to push you into a policy, contract or anything else, be suspicious. Read the fine print carefully before agreeing to anything.
Ladies, old and young, should always hold their purses close to their bodies and men should carry their wallets in a front pocket while shopping. It is also important to not carry large amounts of money on your person.
For more information on not falling victim to prey, visit the Maxidor website at www.maxidor.co.za.