New Jersey Holiday Scams Target Eldery

The air is colder, the holiday lights are everywhere, Christmas deals are in full force, it must e that time of year again. Yes, time to scam the elderly in New Jersey out of their life savings by tricking them to kick up a little extra holiday love. People in New Jersey are being warned to speak to their elderly parents, friends, coworkers, and warn them about the latest holiday scam called the Grandparents Scam. Here is a little about how the scam is pulled off.


How the Scam Works

The scam is very clever at the core because it works on tugging at the heart-strings of the elderly. The scammer will call the elderly and pretend to be a grandchild, relying on the person not recognizing the voice on the phone. The person will say they love their grandparent, they are in trouble, and they need the elderly to please keep this a secret from the parents. Since they think they are talking to their favorite grandchild, they try to help out any way they can. Many times the caller will say they are in need of immediate funds to get out of jail, to get home from a foreign country, or to take care of a debt. The caller will try anything to get the elderly to break out that credit card.


New Jersey Grandma Scammed

This week an elderly woman in New Jersey was the target of the “grandparents Scam”, and it cost her over $12,000. The scammer convinced the grandmother that they were under arrest and that she needed to go around town to a few stores and load $12,000 on to different iTunes Gift Cards. The grandmother was then instructed to read off those numbers on the cards. The scammer drained the cards quickly before any report could be filed. The Asbury Park Press reported the story in their newspaper and issued a warning for the elderly on how to protect themselves against this popular scam.


Today, this scam has gotten so effective that Apple Stores are issuing warning to their customers about how the iTunes cards are now only available to pay for goods, not help relatives make bail. Due to the fact the callers are usually from outside the country, prosecution is all but impossible.


Why Parenting Apps are Turning you into a Paranoid Parent

A large number of working parents are turning to technology to monitor their kids’ activities during the day. However, you need to ask yourself whether using technology will give you an invaluable means of interacting with your kids. This is because a recent research established that parents who are using technology to keep tabs on their kids tend to be more paranoid.

App developers dispute this by stating that time-starved working class parents now have a platform that enables them interact with their kids all day long. Parenting app Mytoddlr’s cofounder and chief executive officer, Molawa Aduseyi argues that the apps that are being developed are useful and any case, reduce stress levels among parents. This is because they are kept updated about their kids’ activities in nurseries of preschools.

How Parenting Apps Work

Apps such as Mytoddlr often input data pertaining to the behaviors and routine of children throughout the day. Such info is then sent to parents via their computers or cell phones. This keeps them apprised about the daytime activities of their kids. However, this is what gives parents paranoia because they are likely to log into the app all the time to keep themselves apprised about what their kids are doing. This may go a long way in interfering with their level of productivity.

The popularity that these apps have gain in recent years, is a pointer of the lengths to which parents are compromising their workplace productivity for the sake of their kids. The apps are also freely available on most online stores, and are cheap to use since they only require Internet connection. However, concerns been raised about the apps adding an extra administrative duties to nursery staff.

Most New Jersey parents concede that they have at one point considered installing devices such as health checkers and nanny cameras in their houses. Whereas some parents are doing this to have a role in their kids’ development, others are buying devices out of fear. App developers argue that they develop the applications in a view of making parenting more interactive. In as much as we cannot rule out the role of the apps in bringing parents and kids together, what stands out is the fact that they are now a major cause of parental paranoia. The article was originally published on BBC.