The prospect of an older loved one falling prey to a scammer can send fear through the hearts of any family caregiver. That’s why the nonprofit National Association of Triads and the Home Instead Senior Care® network have developed this Criminal Target Scale, which can help families assess the vulnerability of a senior loved one.
Answer the following questions to help determine your loved one’s scam risk threat.
|My senior lives alone.|
|My older loved one is alone for long periods of time.|
|My older loved one has a land line phone.|
|My senior has few visitors.|
|My older loved one would never be rude to anyone
on the phone in an effort to end the call.
|My senior has a computer and is on it every day.|
|My older adult likes to order online.|
|My older loved one sends donations to one or many charities.|
|My senior loved one is always looking for a needy cause.|
|My senior flies an American flag.|
|My senior displays veteran’s stickers in car/home windows.|
|My older loved one has an unsecured mailbox near the street.|
|My senior takes pain medication and leaves it on the counter.|
|My older adult often looks to neighbors and others for help.|
|My older adult is generally trusting of people’s motives.|
|My senior has a computer, but isn’t very familiar with how to use it.|
|My older adult has dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.|
|My senior spends a lot of time outside during the day and enjoys
engaging neighbors and anyone else who comes by in conversation.
|My older loved one is worried that he/she might outlive his/her money.|
|My older loved one is always looking for ways to make extra money.|
|My older adult would do anything to help a grandchild,
especially giving money.
If you answered “yes” to three or more of these statements,
your older adult could be at risk of a scam.