It’s not surprising that scam artists have seen the pandemic as a golden opportunity to fraudulently deceive senior citizens who are often most likely to be swindled.  It can be difficult for older individuals who are confined to their homes and rely on others to do their shopping and other errands for them.  Make sure that you check in on the older person by phone or video chat to know how things are being handled. Remind the seniors in your life that: -The government will never call out of the blue asking for money or personal information. -If you receive a call from a phone number you don’t recognize, the safest action is not to answer it. -You should be suspicious of anyone who unexpectedly requests your sensitive information (such as a social security number or financial account number). -If someone calls you mentioning they can expedite a check to you if you supply them with payment information is another red flag to look out for. -Never click on any links sent to you by text message from someone you don’t know. -Use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols for secure passwords.