To our frustration and dismay, we’ve all answered the phone, expecting to be greeted by a legitimate caller. Instead, we’re greeted with spam from a living individual or a pre-recorded voice message. These are usually fraudulent callers who appear or sound genuine. They offer something of value to you, but in the end, will try to scam you and others out of time and money. Unfortunately, this happens each and every day. It may not be you in particular who is affected by this. In a world with billions of people however, a vulnerable adult has likely fallen prey to a scam while you were reading this.
Who is Vulnerable?
Vulnerable adults can be exploited not only by strangers, but by family members who have also fallen prey to the scam. These family members take advantage of the vulnerable adult’s health, frailty and sensitivity by financially exploiting them during times of weakness. Although the elderly and those under conservatorship or guardianship are the most susceptible, even a rational and intelligent human being can fall prey to these devious acts of exploitation.
Working With A Vulnerable Adult
If you’re working with a vulnerable adult, it’s important to be aware of what’s going on and being able to reach out to them. If they’re being contacted by phone scams or emails that they don’t recognize, they should reach out for assistance immediately before they can be exploited. It’s vital to monitor the mail they’re receiving and calls from potentially fraudulent phone numbers in order to prevent the scamming before it can begin.