Hey Ma?? It’s A SCAM!!

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Dear Joel,

My elderly mother has been receiving solicitation texts on her cell phone and I’m concerned that she is going to get scammed despite my warnings. Do you have any suggestions on how she can protect herself?

Remind your mother not to respond to texts from names she doesn’t recognize, and then make sure that her contacts are frequently updated with the names of family, friends, doctors, etc. Show her how to block numbers and delete texts. Explain the importance of not sharing her cell number with strangers or disclosing financial information. And remind her that if the offer sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.

Thanks for writing.

Joel Markel

Write to joel@preferredcares.com. His radio show, “Preferred Company” airs Monday through Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. on preferredradio.com and 1160 & 1310 WOBM-AM.

If you or anyone else is in need of home health care, call Preferred at 732-840-5566. “Home health care with feeling.”