11 Ways Seniors Can Recognize and Avoid Scams

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5) Protect Against Identity Theft

This is a huge problem in the United States. Identity theft is a horrible thing to endure and can take months to straighten out the mess once you’ve been targeted. Lessen your chances of being a victim of identity theft by doing a few simple things. First, invest in a paper shredder. Shred everything that has your credit card number on it like receipts and documents you don’t need. Check your credit card and bank statements carefully every month. If you’re vigilant with your monthly checks, you’ll catch anything suspicious in the early stages and avoid a disastrous situation. You should also never give out personal information over the phone. Don’t be tempted to give a credit card number, social security number, or Medicare number over the phone. Request something in writing and get off the phone with whoever is calling.

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