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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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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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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How to Spot Financial Elder Abuse

How to Spot Financial Elder Abuse

Last week's column discussed telephone fraudsters and other senior scams to watch out for, especially this time of year. Unfortunately, older individuals are easy targets because we're lonely and miss the constant companionship we enjoyed at work. Or we're lonely because the spouse has passed and the adult children have busy lives. How to Spot Financial Elder Abuse That leaves seniors open to a seemingly pleasant, trustworthy, and slick professionals who use the telephone in a friendly and engaging manner and traps us with kind words and attention. Scammers are smart and well-trained. They know exactly what to say to get

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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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Preventing purse theft at a grocery store

Preventing purse theft at a grocery store

Betty arrived at the local grocery store after receiving her food assistance benefits for the month. Eager to purchase essential items that she had put off until now, she placed her purse in a shopping cart and moved through the store with casual ease. Preventing purse theft at a grocery store As she took her time in the store, two men watched the senior citizen at a distance. They eyed their prey, looking for signs that she might not be alone. It didn’t take long for them to confirm her solo status and potential vulnerability. The two men waited for the

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Scammer cheats senior out of her cash

Scammer cheats senior out of her cash

  How to prevent scammers from stealing your cash! “Hello?” Catherine asked when she answered the phone. Scammer cheats senior out of her cash  “Hi. My name is Kevin Merchant. Who am I speaking to?” Scammer cheats senior out of her cash  “Catherine. Can I help you?” Scammer cheats senior out of her cash “Hello, Catherine. You probably don’t remember me, but I loaned you some money a few years ago. I’m not sure why you needed it, but I trusted you and gave you a check for $6,000. I haven’t heard from you since then, and it’s taken me all this time

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Innovation eases pain for mail theft victims

Innovation eases pain for mail theft victims

When a thief uses extreme force to rip open a cluster box unit to steal mail, owners of that mail typically have no way of knowing what was stolen. Not anymore. Innovation eases pain for mail theft victims The Postal Service recently released a new feature called Informed Delivery. Informed Delivery is a free service that offers customers the opportunity to see what’s arriving soon in the mail before items are delivered. Once signed up for the optional program, a participant will receive grayscale images of the outside of his or her letter-sized mail pieces in an email. After reviewing these

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