Apr 15 Care Mission

Avoid Tax Time Cons

More than 3 out of every 5 American and Canadian seniors have been the target or victim of an online scam, according to a survey conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network. Discover resources that may help your loved ones stay safe.

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Your Care Mission: Learn about common scams and best practices seniors can take to avoid becoming a target.

Criminals can use tax time as an opportunity to commit identity theft, fraud, or online scams. Here are some resources from the Protect Seniors Online program to review and share with your senior loved ones to help keep them safe.

  1. Learn About Common IRS Scams

    9% of American seniors surveyed said they may have been the victim of criminals posing as IRS representatives, according to a survey conducted by Home Instead.

  2. Watch a Video on Password Security Tips

    Do seniors you know use the same password over and over because it’s easy to remember? Or maybe they don’t use a password at all? These tips can help with creating stronger passwords.

  3. Know the Top 5 Hottest Senior Cyber Scams

    Scammers can be clever, but here are some tools to help you outsmart them. According to experts at the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Better Business Bureau, these are the hottest cyber scams older adults need to avoid.

  4. Take the Quiz: Can you Spot an Online Scam?

    In addition to tips, the Protect Seniors Online program also has a quiz anyone can take to see how cyber-savvy they really are when it comes to spotting online scams.

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Community Comments

  1. This is good information for people of all ages.

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  2. Helped Elleanor when she got a phone call saying she had to send bitcoin payment

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  3. Tax time was difficult this year. “Keep: important tax documents enclosed”
    I had been setting all tax related papers aside. My dad has a spot in his desk for mail, bills due, tax stuff, well when it came time for his appointment, all papers are gone? Ok. I dig through all files to get last year end statements and called realtor for copy of sales agreement. Called tax collector for copies of last years property tax receipts. My son printed copied all the 1099R’s from my dads investment accounts etc.. he’s his advisor.
    Went to his accountant for tax prep. None of it was needed. At his tax level he no longer has to file. Only report, Nothing to claim?
    Not so easy to prepare what’s not yours. But I’m getting used to it. After 1 year how? I’m familiar with all creditors and doctors, any billing that may come through. Whew

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