How to Stop Money Scammers

How to Stop Money Scammers

Why scammers get away with their crimes – and what you can do to stop them! It’s not always easy to avoid scams. Criminals are tricky, aggressive, and they’ll say whatever they have to that will convince someone to hand over their hard-earned money. If one of these scoundrels rips you off, what will you do about it? How to Stop Money Scammers Everyone has the potential to become a victim of a scam, including you. I’ve seen countless stories come across my desk of victims who refused to believe that scammers ripped them off until they’ve lost everything. Some

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This Grandparent Scam Continues to Sweep Nation

The next time you receive a call from a relative asking for money, be sure that person is who he or she claims to be. In a recent scam, a senior received a call from a person pretending to be her grandson. The caller told the woman he had been arrested and needed bail money to be released from jail. To prove he was telling the truth, the caller handed the phone to another man who claimed to be a detective. The detective said the woman's grandson was indeed in jail and would only be released if she mailed $10,000

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What is Mom’s Password?

What is Mom's Password?

Let’s face it. We live in a sophisticated, technologically driven world whether we like it or not.  Like most things in life, that happens to be both good and bad news. What is Mom's Password? But with technology comes passwords, usernames,  and PIN numbers. Not only are we instructed to keep these in a “safe” place, we are challenged with the task, on a daily and sometimes hourly basis, of remembering what password goes with what. What is Mom's Password? So how do we keep all our passwords and usernames straight while we gracefully age and our short term memories grow a bit

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Warning signs of identity theft

Here’s what to look for if you think an identity thief has targeted you: A strange charge on your credit card bill When reviewing your bank account, do you ever notice a charge that you don’t remember making? Even a small discrepancy can indicate fraud. Sometimes criminals make a test charge just to be sure a transaction will go through before making a bigger move. Credit card bills stop coming in the mail If you didn’t opt-in to paperless billing but some of your mail isn’t showing up, now’s a good time to give that company a call. Identity thieves

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How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

How is identity theft committed? Your personal information can easily fall into the wrong hands. Often, thieves search through trash for sensitive documents, but increasingly information is stolen from online sources. You might fall prey to a fraudulent phishing email that steals your information, or someone might use a “skimmer” to take your credit card number. Your information can also be leaked from companies you do business with, or hackers may access your wireless internet signal. Your personal information can fall into the wrong hands in many ways. In the past we thought of identity theft in physical terms: someone

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How Seniors Can Keep Information Safe Online

How Seniors Can Keep Information Safe Online

What’s The Issue? The Pew Research Center found that in a 2017 study that 67% of adults ages 65 and older say they go online. In a growing technological world, seniors are having to adapt more and more to living online. How Seniors Can Keep Information Safe Online Unfortunately, since most of everyday life is spent online, the rise in online identity and financial theft has risen considerately. CNBC reported back in August that over $36 billion dollars has been stolen from seniors in online financial fraud schemes. That same report says that one in every 18 cognitively intact older adults

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Scammers stealing Social Security numbers from Medicare recipients

Scammers stealing Social Security numbers from Medicare recipients

  Medicare will soon roll out new Medicare Health Insurance cards to all seniors. The new cards are designed to help prevent identity theft by removing one specific piece of information – Social Security numbers. Identity thieves are aware of this change and are currently scrambling to obtain as many Social Security numbers and other personal information from seniors as possible before the release date. Scammers stealing Social Security numbers from Medicare recipients Instead of Social Security numbers, the new cards will use unique Medicare numbers to identify cardholders. The new Medicare number is only useful for Medicare purposes and is

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Two tips to avoid new telephone scams

TTwo tips to avoid new telephone scams

The new year presents new challenges and opportunities for everyone. While you may or may not have created a resolution list to tackle in the coming months, some individuals may have already added stealing your money on their to-do list. Two tips to avoid new telephone scams Scammers have sharpened their skills in 2017, and they’re ready to deploy their enhanced knowledge in 2018 using proven techniques, including jury duty scams and first responder scams. In a jury duty scam, a caller telephones to let you know you’ve missed your appointment for jury service. You are told you must pay

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Social Security Changes to Safeguard Online Accounts

Social Security Changes to Safeguard Online Accounts

Last year, the Social Security Administration stated that it would require a two-factor authentication for online account users. Initially, they would use a cell phone for the authentication. The older recipients who said they didn't own cell phones didn't like the idea. So the design changed. Social Security Changes to Safeguard Online Accounts However, the government agency moved forward with the idea of ramping up security for recipients using a computer to access their accounts. The hope is to cut back on the number of hacks of government websites. And the agency found success. So, as of June 10, 2017, people

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