Warning Signs An Older Adult May Be Getting Scammed

Warning Signs An Older Adult May Be Getting Scammed

Written by: ComForCare Home Care | Published Jan 4th, 2024

Elder fraud and abuse is epidemic, especially in our area of South Florida where we have a large population of seniors. If you are taking care of a vulnerable adult, there are warning signs you should be aware of and steps you can take to report the abuse. 

Vulnerable adults are often the victim of financial scams and more often than not, the abusers are family members. Furthermore, oftentimes the victim is scared, ashamed or too ill to think clearly enough to tell someone. So what can you do? The most important thing for you to do is to recognize the warning signs and report any suspicious activity. Here are the things to look for:

  • The person doesn’t make any decisions or choices without someone else being present (typically an adult child, grandchild or spouse)
  • The person becomes isolated with virtually no outside contact
  • The person frequently requests you take them to the bank to withdraw money or is frequently writing checks
  • Phone scams are epidemic amongst the elderly. Typically, the caller will say the person's grandchild needs $10,000 to get an emergency medical procedure or avoid jail. Be aware. If the person you're caring for seems scared, offer to take the phone and ask how you can help the person on the other end of the phone call.
  • Behavioral changes in the person you're caring for (withdrawal, depression, anxious, angry, secretive)

Remember, if you see something, say something. If you suspect the person you're caring for may be getting scammed or abused, report it. All abuse can be reported in confidence and all of the complaints are investigated. You can report anything you see by calling 800-96-ABUSE.