Senior Impact

Phone Tips for Senios
  • Start a buddy system.You and a friend or relative can set a special time when you call each other every day. It’s an easy way to keep track of each other.
  • People who live alone, especially women, can list only first and middle initials in the telephone directory to avoid calls from people making harassing calls.
  • Use answering machines to keep potential burglars guessing about who’s home and who’s not.Women living alone may ask a male friend or relative to make the recording using your telephone number only.
Stop telephone scams
by keeping these tips in mind:
  • Hang up if a telemarketer calls before 8 A.M. or after 9 P.M.
  • If you suspect a scam, call the State Attorney General. If you have been the victim of a scam, call the National Fraud Information Center at:
    232-6330 or 1-800-876-7060.
  • Resist high pressure sales. True businesses will respect the word “no.”
  • If you tell the seller not to call back and he does, hang up. That’s against the law!
  • Be sure to get written information before you commit to anything.
When you’re out:
  • Make sure someone knows where you’re going and when you expect to return.
  • Carry change for emergency telephone and transportation use.
  • Carry a shriek alarm.
  • When using a bus or other public transportation, sit as near the driver as possible.
  • Sources: Federal Trade Commission, Bellsouth, Senior Citizens Against Crime