Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Beware, Your Elderly Parent May Be Placing You At Risk for Identity Theft

We've all heard about the numerous scams that target the elderly. But did you ever think that your elderly parent could also be placing your personal security at risk?

What do most parents like to talk about the most?. Their children, of course. After all, they've known you all of your life. They also know virtually everything about you from the name of your favorite childhood teacher and first pet up to the most intimate details of your current life. Sadly because your parents love you and have intimate knowledge about your life, they can also become your worst nightmare when it comes to guarding your privacy.


Because if your parent suffers from any form of dementia or senility, or just plain likes to talk, they can quite innocently divulge all of this information about you to their caregivers, telephone solicitors, other family members or even perfect strangers. And before you know it someone, who may not have the best of intentions, knows everything from your internet passwords to your home alarm system code.

So I know that you've all heard this before but please, when choosing any password or security code make it as complex as possible.

Life can be challenging enough as a caregiver without worrying about identity theft.

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