Scams Increase During Holidays

Scammers Prey on Us During Our Busiest Days – What You Need to Watch For

Scams occur any time within the course of the year however the following scams appear to be more prevalent during the holiday season:

Online Shopping / Internet Scams

With the advances in technology, it has become easier than ever before for scammers to trick unsuspecting shoppers. They design websites that so closely mimic valid merchant websites it can be nearly impossible to detect that it is a fraudulent site. Unfortunately, in this scam, shoppers fall prey during their online shopping sprees whereby they check out and provide their credit card information but the goods purchased are instead sent to the scammer or the scammer just takes the money. No goods are delivered to the shopper however the money they “spent” has been taken.

Similarly, one of the most popular internet scams involve seniors downloading fake anti-virus software. This appears on your computer via a pop-up alleging that your current anti-virus software is out-of-date which allows scammers to access personal information on your computers. Seniors might also respond to phishing emails that look like legitimate communication sent by their bank or a merchant they recently ordered from which is actually sent by scammers. Through these phishing emails, the senior may be asked to confirm or enter bank information or update their credit card information but, in reality, all of this information is being confirmed for the scammer to take full advantage.

With regard to internet scams, it is always better to be safe than sorry.  You can find more information about current scams and helpful tips helpful tips for determining whether a website is fake, fraudulent or a scam at our website.

The IRS Scam
Scammers use fear and intimidation in this type of scam whereby they claim to be from the IRS and state that the senior owes back taxes and urges the person to “pay the amount owed” via a prepaid credit card to avoid possible legal action.

Don’t be fooled by these con artists that pretend to be from the IRS. The IRS does not call about collections nor would they ever ask for payment via a prepaid credit card or threaten arrest.
Disaster Relief / Charity Scam
The holidays are a time for giving. Scammers know this and try to take advantage of this generosity by pretending to be someone who is part of a disaster relief program or someone soliciting donations for a charitable organization.

There are many ways to make charitable donations during the holiday season through reputable sources. You will often see someone from the Salvation Army ringing the bell outside department stores and grocery stores. You may see a “Giving Tree” at your local house of worship that collects items for needy children around the holidays. Do not provide credit card information to anyone over the phone claiming to be from a charitable organization. Instead, end the call, research the organization and then make a donation via a secure website. To find a charity or to check the validity of a charitable organization, visit or check the Better Business Bureau website for more information

The Grandparent Scam
In this scam, a scammer calls a senior pretending to be their grandchild. The person on the other line asks the elder if they know who is calling and when the grandparent guesses the name of one of their grandchildren, the scammer pretends to be that grandchild. The “grandchild” then makes a plea for money after telling the elder that they are in some sort of financial trouble, that they need help affording gifts for the family, they need money to pay for their college tuition etc. The scammer on the other end of the phone asks their “grandparent” if they can send money using Western Union or MoneyGram to help them out.  They plead with the “grandparent” not to tell anyone about their situation. Once your money is received by the scammer they consider it a successful transaction. The scammers will usually call again in the future to take advantage for as many times as they can.

You know your grandchildren. Pay attention to the voice of the person on the other line and the story they are telling you. If you say to yourself, “that doesn’t sound like my grandchild’s voice” or if you can’t imagine that your grandchild would have ended up in a scenario quite like the one you are being told, don’t fall for it. Instead, hang up the phone call and call the alleged grandchild directly and ask them if they just called you.

Sweepstakes or Lottery Scams
“Congratulations, you’re a winner!”
This scheme usually involves a scammer contacting seniors by mail or telephone and telling them that they have won a prize. However they must pay  in order to receive their prize. Scammers send a fake check to the senior to deposit in their bank account. The scammer knows it will take some time for the bank to reject the check. Meanwhile, the victim has sent the scammer money through wire transfer for fees or taxes on the prize earnings. When the check doesn’t clear, the “winner” realizes they were victimized and that the money they sent to the scammer is gone.

If you get this kind of call and feel it is “too good to be true” because you can’t remember ever entering a drawing for a prize or raffle, that’s because it IS too good to be true- it’s a scam! Had you really won a prize, no up-front payment of fees or taxes would be necessary. If you get a call like this, what you need to do is plain and simple…hang up!

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Cape Ann Home Care Job Fair – Today!


Join ABC’s Team Helping Keep Cape Ann Seniors Safe at Home

ABC Home Healthcare Professionals is hosting a Home Care Job Fair at their Gloucester Office, 281R East Main Street Today, October 22nd from 11AM-5PM.

ABC has immediate opportunities throughout Cape Ann for:

  • Home Health Aides
  • C.N.A.’s
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Homemakers
  • Companions
  • Heavy Cleaning workers

Onsite interviews, door prizes and free Dunkin Donut gift cards to the first 25 applicants. Join ABC’s team and make a difference in the life of a senior living at home. There are many reasons to join ABC including rewarding work with a flexible schedule to suit your lifestyle – come on down to meet ABC!

Can’t make the job fair? Apply online and still be eligible for the sign on bonus!


Join Our Team_HomemakerJoin our team helping Cape Ann
elderly clients in their homes. We will train.

Homemaking duties include light housekeeping,
meal preparation, shopping, laundry and companionship.


Work Close to Home • Full or Part-Time
Convenient Mother’s Hours • Training Available


Excellent Pay • Medical & Dental Insurance
401K with Company Match
Travel Pay Plus Mileage Reimbursement
Call 781-914-3283 or to learn more.

Now Hiring: Office Assistant/Scheduler


Office Assistant/Scheduler

Part-Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

ABC is a local and family owned home care agency with an IMMEDIATE opening for a part-time Office Assistant/Scheduler in our Gloucester office.

Primary responsibilities include coordinating services between clients’ needs and staff availability, answering phone calls, greeting visitors, and general office support work and projects as needed.

Position requires:

  • Strong Customer Service Skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to Multitask in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proficiency with MS Office – Word, Excel
  • Previous Office or Scheduling experience preferred
  • Experience as a HHA or C.N.A. is helpful
  • Experience in Home care, Medical office, scheduling or related experience is a plus;
  • Self-starter with the ability to establish priorities and work independently;

We are seeking a dependable team player to join our smoke free office team. This is a great part-time job for a “working mother”, “empty nester” or anyone seeking flexible hours.

Interested candidates should reply via email; please include resume.
To learn more about ABC visit our website:


Immediate Opportunities for Nursing Students

Nursing Students_HIRING

Why not spend your summer making at difference in the life of a senior living at home? PLUS you’ll get hands on experience in your field.

ABC Home Healthcare has opportunities for nursing students to be senior caregivers throughout the communities we serve – including Cape Ann! You will assist our seniors living at home. Enjoy flexible schedules – full or part time. Learn more and apply visit ABC Home Healthcare online.

Want a Job Where You Can Make a Difference?

ABC is GROWING...Join Our Team of Caregivers

Make a difference in the life of a senior living at home in Cape Ann


Home Health Aides Certified Nursing Assistants
Nursing Students Personal Care Homemakers

ABC Home Healthcare has immediate opportunities to serve the seniors of Cape Ann living at home. Work locally with a flexible schedule that meets YOUR needs.

Excellent Pay • 401K • Medical & Dental Insurance
PLUS pay for travel time & mileage reimbursement

ABC Home Healthcare is a full service, family owned, private home care agency located in Gloucester. We are managed by a Nurse Practitioner and Certified Geriatric Case Managers.

As an ABC caregiver you will make the difference in the life of someone living at home. You’ll also be part of the ABC family; from 24-hour access to your in-office team to ongoing training in the latest home trends. We provide our caregivers with what they need so they provide great care to our clients.

Call 781-914-3283 to learn more or apply online

Help Keep Cape Ann Seniors Safe at Home

ABC is GROWING...Join Our Team of Caregivers
Looking to make a difference in the life of a senior living at home? Join our team!

Thanks to our continued growth ABC has immediate openings to serve Cape Ann seniors including Homemakers and Home Health Aides.

We are also hiring for Live-In Caregivers throughout the communities we serve.

ABC offers:
Excellent Pay 401K Medical & Dental Insurance
PLUS pay for travel time & mileage reimbursement

Learn more and apply online>>>…/employment-opportunities-abc-home…/