19 Oct 2011

New online toolkit to help seniors avoid scams

The National Council on Aging will partner with the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to put out "Savvy Saving Seniors: Steps to Avoid Scams," which will help to educate elderly people on how to protect themselves against financial abuse and scams. Those who frequently use the computer should have internet security programs to help protect themselves online.

"We must acknowledge that helping to protect seniors from scams is a vital component to ensuring their safety and financial independence," said Sandra Nathan, senior vice president of economic security at NCOA. "This toolkit helps older adults identify the common forms of financial fraud, and take action to protect their hard-earned resources."

This is the second installment in the Savvy Saving Seniors education series, according to NOCA. The online toolkit includes a list of signs for caregivers and family members to look for, if they are concerned about their elderly relatives getting scammed.

According to a website called The Senior's Guide to computers, keeping Windows and other operating systems up to date is imperative to internet security. The websites said seniors can set their updates to be automatic so they do not have to worry about them as much.