The Holidays Are a Good Time to Help Older Adults Avoid Tech Support Scams, says Estate and Asset Protection Attorney
Elder Care Attorney, Mindy Felinton tells readers who may not be tech or computer savvy that they can be scam savvy or more scam literate and avoid becoming victims of tech support scammers.
Delray Beach, FL. December 19, 2019: Mindy Felinton, founder of Felinton Elder Law & Estate Planning Centers, has posted a new article on her law firm’s website entitled “You May Not Be Very Tech Literate But You Can Be Very Scam Literate.” Ms. Felinton helps older adults recognize and avoid tech support scams.
Felinton writes, “Most older adults were not weaned on the computer the way younger generations are. Many though, have ventured into the tech world and have computers and email addresses.” She continues adding, “Maybe you have a Face Book, Pinterest, or Instagram account to stay in touch with the grand kids. If you’re really with it (LOL) you may even have a twitter account.” “Even so,” Felinton says, “your computer literacy skills are just not as likely to be as second nature as a native language. For those born in the Information Age computer languages are first languages.”
“Nonetheless,” says Felinton, “no matter how old you are and no matter the level of your tech skills, you can certainly be scam literate. You’ll feel pretty good when you’re able to spot a computer scam and avoid becoming a victim.” She further adds, “You might even be able to teach your friends how to avoid become tech scam victims.”
According to Felinton, “Scammers prey on older adults.” She elaborates, “Tech support scams are very popular and catch people off-guard. Scammers tend to target those people who are not part of the Information Generation. In other words, they target people over 60.”
As Felinton points out, “Tech support scammers use many different tactics to trick people.” She adds, “Spotting these tactics will help you avoid falling for the scam. For instance, tech support scammers may call and pretend to be a computer technician from a well-known company.”
The entire article can be read at https://www.felintonlaw.com/you-may-not-be-very-tech-literate-but-you-can-be-very-scam-literate/
About Mindy Felinton
From a young age, Mindy wanted to be the voice that would make an impact in people’s lives. She became an attorney and has practiced law for over 30 years, so that she could fulfill her desire to help others. As a special prosecutor, Mindy defended the underdog (literally) in cases of animal abuse. As a state attorney in Florida she fought for justice. During the last 25 years, Mindy met many wonderful people who did not know their rights, did not understand the law, and did not know what options were available.
Mindy assists families with Medicaid planning to help with the cost of nursing home care and with obtaining veteran’s benefits to make the cost of care more manageable. She also prepares wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and medical directives. Mindy is passionate about educating both other professionals and the public concerning VA Aid & Attendance benefits, Medicaid benefits, and the use of trusts for the protection of assets. She shares her experience and professional knowledge through free workshops, and as a frequent lecturer at State Bar Conferences.