Waltonwood Cotswold, a premier senior living community in Charlotte, recently hosted an informative seminar about the rising issue of fraud against seniors. Attendees enjoyed a complimentary lunch and insightful discussion led by Kim Henderson from the Better Business Bureau. Henderson provided tips on how to identify red flags when it comes to potential scams, discussed when and how the IRS will contact individuals versus someone trying to run a scam, and explained current trends in identity theft, including the use of social media to gather information on victims and tips to safeguard information on the web.
“We are proud to be an educational resource and advocate for seniors in our community,” said Leah Nash, executive director of Waltonwood Cotswold. “There is a tremendous need to inform seniors and their families about the possibility of fraud, and we were honored to have Kim speak at this very important event.”
Henderson emphasized a variety of possible scams and stressed the importance of asking for help if identity theft occurs. She also recommended questions everyone should ask before revealing their information or agreeing to pay a requested amount.
“There is a lot to be aware of, and I am happy I was able to come and share my knowledge with the Waltonwood Cotswold residents, guests, families and the public,” said Henderson.
The seminar was sponsored by the community along with Audibel Hearing and Caring at Heart. The “Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from Fraud” was the first of many events Waltonwood Cotswold plans to host in the upcoming year.