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Avoiding Common Bill Paying Scams

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Financial and bill paying scams targeting seniors are unfortunately common, prevalent, and costly. According to elder fraud analysts at the FBI, seniors lose over $3 billion each year to fraudsters. Scammers tend to target seniors because they believe that they have a significant amount of money sitting in their accounts. The vast majority of bill paying scams are perpetuated by an older person’s family members, most often their adult children. 

Here at our Miami senior care agency, one of our most utilized services is our bill paying assistance service. Our certified caregivers are happy to share their tips on how to help your loved ones avoid financial schemes targeting them. 

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Common Billing Scams

These are some of the most common schemes targeting Miami seniors. 

Government Impostor Scams

In this scam, government imposters call unsuspecting victims and pretend to be from the Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration, or Medicare. They may state that the senior has unpaid taxes and threaten arrest or deportation if they aren’t paid immediately. Savvy scammers may even spoof the actual phone numbers of a government agency. 

The Grandparent Scam

The grandparent scam is a simple scam that preys on the emotions of the target. Scammers will place a call to an older adult and say something like, “Hi, Grandma, do you know who this is,” pretending to be a grandchild. Once the scammer has established a fake identity, they will ask for money to solve some financial issues, such as overdue rent or car repairs. 

Computer/Tech Support Scam

These types of scams prey on the victim’s lack of knowledge about computers and cybersecurity. A pop-up message will appear on their computer or phone telling the victim that their device needs repair. When they call the support number, the scammer will request a fee to have the “issue” repaired. 

How to Outsmart Scammers

It can be difficult for independently-living seniors to outsmart scammers. One way that family members can help is by hiring a senior supportive care agency. Our caregivers who perform bill paying assistance are trained to recognize the signs that your loved one is being scammed. 

If you suspect that your loved one has been the victim of a financial scam, do not be afraid to talk to them about it. You are not alone, and some people can assist. Bill-paying scams are serious business and should be reported to the proper authorities. 

Bill-Paying Assistance in Miami-Dade

When an elderly person needs help paying bills, due to health problems or decreased mental abilities, our Miami home care service can help with bill-paying. Our certified caregivers will look over your senior’s bill to notice any discrepancies or unusual payments. We will take the time to notify family members and then take the appropriate next steps to report the scammers. 

For more information about our bill paying assistance, please contact Advancare at 305-441-9794.

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