Scammers target seniors online during tax season

With tax season in full swing, seniors are at risk for online scams.

Posted: Feb 23, 2018 5:54 PM
Updated: Feb 23, 2018 6:31 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - With tax season in full swing, seniors are at risk for online scams.

Nearly one in every 10 senior citizens have been a target of a scam. That's why Home Instead Senior Care is choosing to help our local seniors.

During tax season, many scammers try to send fake emails by pretending to be the IRS.

More than 50 percent of seniors in our community are online, which could be dangerous when it comes to being scammed.

"Seniors are using the internet a lot more now. They try to stay connected via social media, paying bills online, checking their emails. So it's a higher risk for them to be scammed," said Taylor Lock, Home Instead business development manager.

Home Instead Senior Care has created a website to share tips and resources about online scams. One of the most important things is the people who take care of them.

Marie Lane is a care giver for local seniors. She says checking in with them is extremely important.

"If something like that happens, it stresses them out, and we don't want our seniors stressed. We're trying to make them comfortable and make them aware of what can happen," said Lane.

Taylor Lock says care givers play an important role in helping seniors.

"The caregivers can kind of help them while they're there, figure out if it's an email they should click on or they shouldn't," said Lock.

Seniors are a target during tax season because scammers believe they have money.

They also are less likely to report a scam if it happens to them. That's why it's important to educate seniors about scams.

If a scam does happen to you, it is important to report it.

"Make sure you know who the links are from, who the emails are from, before you even click on them," said Lock.

Home Instead Senior Care says anyone can use their website as a resource.

To learn more, click here.

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