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Senior Scene® | April Issue
Very year around tax time, reports of email phishing scams increase. Phishing is the act of using computers to fraudulently acquire sensitive information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, and user names & passwords. To accomplish this, thieves will send electronic communications designed to look like they are coming from a trustworthy entity. Here are a few examples of phishing scams:
IRS or Treasury Department Tax Scams –
These email scams will typically warn you of a problem with an individual’s tax return, which can only be resolved after confidential information has been sent to the scammers. These scams may also be threatening and use scare tactics such as the threat of criminal prosecution of the information is not sent. Such scams may also include virus attachments within the email. Fast Food Voucher Scam – Some fast food entities have announced that fake emails, which ask you to respond to a survey in exchange for a gift voucher, are being sent. The survey scam asks you for confidential personal information, which is then used for identity theft.
Disaster Relief Phishing Scams – these scams exploit the terrible tragedy a geographic region where a disaster has occurred. Emails claiming to be from humanitarian relief organizations ask you to respond with confidential information in order to complete a charity donation. Other related emails have also been known to contain viruses or hyperlinks to viral websites.
Listed below are a few recommendations you can follow to help protect yourself from phishing scams both at work and at home.
Never reply to a phishing email  Delete any suspected spam or phish from your mailbox  Do not open emails from unknown senders.
Beware of Tax Time Email Phishing Scams
August Velten, CLU August H. Velten & Associates, Inc.
Being older shouldn’t stop you from traveling, it just means you need to be prepared in different ways. Whether that is taking a cruise, flying to another country, or road-tripping to visit your family, here are some tips on traveling to help you feel equipped and ready!
Make sure it is Doctor Approved – Your health is a priority, and your doctor may have suggestions for you to follow so that you stay your healthiest. This is also a great time to get any vaccines and prescriptions/ refills that you will need for your trip.
Plan Ahead – If you require the use of a wheelchair, oxygen, handicap accessible hotel rooms, special assistance or seating, it is important to call and make arrangements ahead of time with that specific vendor. Not only does this ease anxiety, but some places require up to six weeks of advance notice. Take Your Medication – It can be easy to get caught up in your vacation, but not taking your medication can make your body have undesirable side effects.
Wear Appropriate Footwear – Depending on where you are going, there may be walking involved. Wearing comfortable shoes will help your feet stay balanced and prevent falls.
Don’t Over Do It! – Remember that you don’t have to do absolutely everything! If you’ve exhausted the entire time it’s not going to be enjoyable, and it may affect your health. See the sights but also take time to rest. That will make your trip one that is memorable and fun!
For questions about your travel plans, or to schedule a FREE in home assessment, please contact In Home Personal Services at 321- 984-0706.
Traveling Tips for Senniors
Dr. Christina & Steve Paff In Home Personal Services
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