In-home Assistance for Elderly Encinitas One-ring Scam

Phone Scam Warning from In-home Assistance for Elderly in Encinitas

In-home Assistance for Elderly in Encinitas Gives Phone Safety Tips

Does your elderly loved one know what to do if a caller from an unknown number calls in the middle of the night and doesn’t leave a message? The perpetrators of a new nationwide scam prey on those who respond to that situation incorrectly. In-home assistance for elderly in Encinitas wants you to know how best to protect yourself and your senior parents from the scam.

Fake Calls From Overseas

If you are hit by the scam, your phone will ring once, then stop. When you check your phone, you will see that you have a missed call from an unfamiliar number. The scammers hope that you call the number back out of curiosity, in which case they can charge you about $20.00 for an international call. If you stay on the line for any length of time, your charges increase dramatically. An elderly person is an ideal target for this scheme, since he is more likely to call back and take longer to figure out what is really going on.

Blocking Phone Fraud

We are living in an age of rapidly changing phone etiquette. Most savvy people have adopted the policy of refusing to call unknown numbers back unless the caller leaves a message explaining their identity and purpose for calling. Encourage the seniors in your family to do the same. It may also be a good idea to periodically check your parents’ call history and voicemail to see if any questionable callers show up.

Call On In-home Assistance for Elderly in San Diego County

It is very difficult to help seniors change the way they have answered the phone, the front door, and mailed correspondence all their life. But those routines are precisely what scammers count on when they try to get seniors to open the door to fraud. In-home assistance for elderly in San Diego County can answer calls, throw away junk mail, and turn away fraudulent door-to-door salesmen when you can’t be present to do it.

Tim Colling
Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to and to as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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