Tips from the Team at Wesley Enhanced Living
With the senior population growing, thieves and scammers are finding a field of unsuspecting victims ripe for the picking. You don’t have to lose your life’s savings because thugs want to steal from you. Nor do you have to face the embarrassment of being taken advantage of when you take steps to protect your identity.
At Wesley Enhanced Living retirement communities, we understand that you have worked hard all your life and should be able to enjoy your Golden Years. You can live among friends and make the most of your retirement when you join us at one of our beautiful communities. While you relax and enjoy your surroundings as well as your retirement lifestyle, keep your guard up against cyber criminals and unscrupulous identity thieves.
7 Tips to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
Today, thieves prey frequently on susceptible seniors because they are thought to be very vulnerable. You can protect yourself by following these tips:
- It’s OK to Hang Up the Phone: If you receive a phone call asking for personal information, you are not obligated to answer, even if the caller may seem legitimate. Remember, government agencies already have your social security number, and credit card companies will not call you to ask for any personal information. Instead, tell the caller you will hang up and call the number on the back of your card. You may find that they leave a dial tone in your ear!
- Avoid Clicking Links in Emails: Even legitimate-looking emails can be fake. Instead of clicking on any links or email attachments, go to the business website directly. If you click the link, you may be putting your personal information or computer at risk.
- Direct Deposit Is a Good Thing: Take advantage of technology and have your retirement checks including your Social Security check deposited directly into your account.
- Pay Attention to Your Statements: Be on the lookout for unfamiliar transactions on your bank and credit card statements. If anything looks amiss, contact your financial institution immediately.
- Invest in a Shredder or Shredding Services: Do not throw your private records in the trash without being shredded first. This helps thwart thieves if they rummage through your garbage.
- Put Yourself on the Do-Not-Call List: This move can help lower the number of unwanted calls you may receive. Instead, only legitimate companies should be able to reach you.
- Stay Active: Being isolated can leave you prey to scammers. When you have friends around, you are more likely not to be lonely, and you have someone to help look out for you. A continuing care retirement community is more than a place to live. It offers you opportunities to make new friends and build a support system that adds fulfillment your life.
Stay Safe during Retirement with Help from Wesley Enhanced Living
Protect your assets and keep your retirement dreams alive by taking charge of your private information. At Wesley Enhanced Living, our seniors enjoy independent living, personal care, as well as, other levels of assistance. Safeguard your Golden Years and embrace life with us!
Wesley Enhanced Living provides high-quality senior retirement communities for you or your loved ones. Contact one of our Philadelphia area locations and find out why our seniors love where they live. Our staff is happy to discuss your elder’s needs or your own, give you a tour and inform you of our range of services.