(WTNH)-A recent analysis from the personal-finance website, Smart Asset has ranked Connecticut the 5th most vulnerable state in the U.S. for identity theft. The state also has the second-highest number of identity theft complaints in the country. Smart Asset say it’s due to residents holding multiple credit cards and because Connecticut is one of the wealthiest states. Jim Sullivan, owner of IKOR in Fairfield, has some tips to protect seniors and also explained why seniors are targeted:
- Seniors are less technologically savvy than younger adults and tend not to research scams online
- Seniors do not closely monitor their credit and financial statements
- Seniors are cared for by others who might have access to and take advantage of an older adult’s personal records
- Seniors are have been targeted more and more for identity tax fraud, or when someone files tax returns under victims’ names and received the refunds, often in the thousands of dollars.
Founded in 2000, IKOR is the solution for professionals who find themselves regularly helping families manage short-term health crises and long-term care issues for seniors and individuals with disabilities. IKOR assesses the medical, environmental, psychosocial, vocational and educational aspects of a person’s life to develop a comprehensive care plan, or Life Map, for each client. Today, IKOR offers a full line of Life Care Management services and has nearly 50 operating territories in 19 states and the District of Columbia.