Your dad knows how to check caller ID before answering the phone. That’s not enough to keep him safe from scammers anymore. Scammers are using three tricks to get people to answer the phone. Make sure your dad knows about these scams.
Repeated Single Rings
Using autodialers, some spammers will call a number repeatedly. They let the phone ring once or twice and then hang up, wait a few seconds, and call again. They continue this until the caller gets sick of it and hits redial.
Many of these calls originate in foreign countries. When you do call back, you’re looking at international rates. What many callers don’t know is that the company is set up to charge you a hefty fee for each minute you stay on the line. They’ll put you on hold for minutes before connecting you with a live person who then does everything possible to keep you on the phone while the phone charges rack up.
Calls From Your Own Number
Using a method known as spoofing, some scammers are making calls look like they’re coming from the homeowner’s number. Your dad looks at the caller ID, sees his phone number, and is curious how his phone can be calling itself. He picks up.
Once he’s on the line, the scam begins. Your dad may hang up, but he may get drawn into the scammer’s speech and end up buying something he doesn’t need or give away information he should be keeping private.
Calls From a Local Business
Calls from a local business are another spoofing technique used by scammers. Your dad’s phone rings, he looks at his caller ID, and he sees a local store is calling. He answers wondering what they want. It’s not the store at all. It’s the scammer who now has your dad’s attention.
Keep Your Dad Safe
One of the leading reasons seniors fall for scams is the desire to have someone to talk to. If your dad is lonely, he’s more likely to listen to what a scammer has to say. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your dad doesn’t answer the phone.
You should look into spam call blockers like TrueCaller. You should also make sure your dad has ample opportunities to socialize with others. One way to do this is by hiring a home care professional.
Once a week, a few times a week, or every day, a caregiver can spend time with your dad. Your dad can get a ride to the senior care center, join his caregiver on a walk, or enjoy a casual chat while doing a puzzle. Learn more about home care services by calling an agency near you.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elder Care in Sanibel FL, please contact the caring staff at Touched by An Angel Senior Care today. Call 239-215-8803 today.