Communicating with someone who has been scammed can be challenging
They may feel great shame or embarrassment so they won’t talk about it.
Some with cognitive issues may have forgotten it happened.
The con criminal also could be threatening them if they tell anyone.
The victim may have developed positive relationship with the con criminal, therefore, they do not believe they are being conned.
The person caught in a scam may be concerned that if someone finds out they fell for a scam, they may lose their independence or financial security or be deemed incompetent.
How to communicate with a victim of fraud
There are effective ways to approach your loved one to help them get out of or report a scam.
1. Listen to their story and collect as much information as possible.
2. Work with them gently and with respect.
3. Do not shame them or make them feel stupid for the scam.
4. Ask them what they would do if someone else was caught in a scam.
5. Ask how they would feel about going to the authorities.
6. Express your concern for their well-being.
7. Ask what are their concerns about the scam.