Senior Friendly Services
As a senior it is advantageous to be aware of all the great services and benefits available to you. Its even more important to be aware of the shameless scam artists who prey on the elderly. Unfortunately, seniors are viewed as easy targets to scam artist and fall victim to their evil ways loosing millions of dollars each year. It is important for seniors to be educated on how to recognise a scam and what to do when they spot one.
Below are some traits and warning signs of scam artists:
– They are very pushy
– They may be impatient
– They cannot provide local references
– They may ask for either a deposit or full payment and ask that it be paid in cash or by credit card
– The person does not show you any ID or give you a quote, contract or receipt
– They make promises based on questions they ask you
– They won’t leave until you agree to go on with the service
For information on specific scams and how to protect yourself, visit http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/ or https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/scams The MoneySmart website also provides a list of companies you should not deal with as they have either been reported or are unlicensed.
To find a list of reputable senior friendly services in your area, the best place to start is with your local community or government offices. These are creditable organisations that are there as a public service to ensure safe trading. In addition to these organisations, its very important to ask around as word of mouth is generally a good source of information, especially if it comes from someone you trust.
Visit our Helpful Resources section to find information on senior friendly services in your State or Territory.