October is National Crime Prevention Month. While many of us know that older adults are at higher risk of becoming a victim of crime, we often think first of a purse snatching in the parking lot or a break-in at their home. But experts say identity theft is also a growing concern for older adults.
With identity thieves setting their sights on seniors, it’s important to take time to help educate this population who grew up before identity theft was even an issue.
Here’s what adult children need to know to help a senior avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.
Seniors and Identity Theft
Identity thieves gain access to a senior’s personal information in a variety of ways. Four of the most common ones are:
1. Theft of Medical Information: Unsuspecting seniors may carry important documents, such as their Medicare card or Social Security card, in their wallet or purse. They may need to use them often and keep them in their wallet for convenience. But if their wallet is lost or stolen, thieves have access to the senior’s most personal information.
If you’d like to learn more about identity theft and older adults, you might want to read a guide created by the IRS. The IRS Taxpayer’s Guide to Identity Theft is a complimentary toolkit that should help answer your questions.
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Source: Sunrise Senior Living