Information for Seniors

Around Town Safety

  • Go out with friends and family when possible.
  • Keep purse and bags close to your body.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash or credit cards.
  • Have regular checks like social security deposited directly into your account.
  • When in your car keep doors locked. Be extra cautious in parking lots and garages.
  • If you feel uneasy about a person or place, follow your intuition and leave.

Home Safety

  • Install quality locks on doors and windows and keep them locked.
  • Before letting in any delivery or service person ask for proper identification.
  • Always make sure that your address number is clear and visible so emergency personnel can find your home quickly.
  • Consider installing an alarm system with emergency monitoring in case of burglary, fire, or medical emergency.

Don't Fall for a Con

  • Do not fall for any plan that is too good to be true—it usually is!
  • Never give out any personal information over the phone.
  • Never let anyone push you into signing an insurance policy, or sales contract of any kind.
  • Be aware of anyone claming to represent a consumer organization or government agency that is offering to recover lost money from fraudulent telemarketers for a fee.
  • Check out anything suspicious with the Police Department or Better Business Bureau.

You can also call the National Consumers League Fraud Information Center at (800) 876-7060.