How to Avoid Being Scammed

You Just Won! Send Money Now! How to Avoid Being Scammed

Sound familiar? Any time you see these words (or a variation thereof) you should be on the alert for a scam. Seniors are especially targeted by scammers. Older people are often more trusting, more affluent, and available during the day, when many scammers call. Many seniors live alone, and can be friendlier to strangers who want to “help”, whether it’s by fixing a roof or giving a prize. Such people are gifted at identifying and preying on the fears of seniors—“Do I have enough money to last me through retirement? I can’t keep up my house on my own anymore”—and offering what appears to be an easy, helpful solution. What these scammers actually want is to help themselves—to their victims’ money or identity.

Whether they are delivered by email, phone, or door-to-door, scams share certain things in common: requests for money up front; pressure to act now; and goods and services offered for “free” or at amazingly low prices.

To avoid falling victim to scammers:

  • Keep yourself to yourself. NEVER give out personal information such as Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, or even dates of birth.
  • Trust no one. Do not trust people who say they represent an official agency or financial institution and then request personal information.
  • Get good advice. Always discuss any large purchases or investments you are considering making with your family, friends, lawyer, accountant or banker.
  • For your safety, do not allow door-to-door salespeople in your home. Besides the obvious risk of injury or robbery, it is easier to close the door on unwanted callers than to get them out of your house once they are inside.
  • Just hang up. Don’t let good manners get you into trouble. It can be hard to say no to a persuasive telemarketer. Use an answering machine to screen calls.  When callers ask for the man of the house or the head of the household, do not tell them that there isn’t one or that you live alone.
  • Read the fine print. If you are notified that you’ve won a cruise or sweepstakes, read the fine print carefully to make sure there are no hidden costs or obligations.­
  • Check it out. If you don’t recognize a company or business, check with your local consumer protection agency.
  • And most importantly, if it sounds too good to be true, it is.

You CAN be a winner – by avoiding scams.

    TRACY SACRE, RN       

Tracy Sacre, President & Owner of Proof of Care

Tracy is a Registered Nurse and the owner of Proof of Care, Vancouver’s leading home health company. After 20 years of nursing and 7 years of teaching caregivers, Tracy realized that the standard of care in the community for caregiving was desperately poor. In 2011 she took up the challenge and launched Proof of Care, which has gone on to provide care for hundreds of seniors, employ over 250 professional caregivers and lead the field by giving Canada’s best home care experiences daily.

Tracy can be found giving engaging speeches & seminars throughout Vancouver where she is fast becoming the authority on elder care in the home. While Tracy’s best known for her expertise in home care, her clients and staff share that her biggest impact comes from her ability to connect with seniors at an individual level and advocate for their physical and mental health.

Proof of Care service ranges from Companion Care, through to Personal Care, and Nursing – everything from keeping you company and helping with light housekeeping, to administering medications and changing dressings on wounds. All of these services are available in-home, or wherever home is – such as assisted living or long-term care living.

If you or an ageing loved one are considering Home Care Services in Vancouver, BC, please contact the caring staff at Proof of Care today on 604 986 2273, 24 hours a day.