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As financial scams get more common and devious, Bob Carlson shares his expertise to help subscribers stay up to date

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How to Build a Firewall Against Financial Scams & Abuse: 5 Action Steps

September 28, 2017

Everyone knows it’s older Americans who are the most likely targets and victims of financial abuse and scams. But it’s not just older people who fall victim. The crooks look for vulnerable people. By the time you’re vulnerable, it’s often too late to create real protection. Take action now, so that in the future you […]

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How to Avoid Scams on the Recently Departed

September 1, 2005

People do a lot these days to protect themselves from identity theft. Few people, however, take steps to prevent the identity theft that is likely to occur after someone passes away. That time can be ideal for identity thieves. Loved ones aren’t likely to be focused on the possibility of identity theft. In the estate […]

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7 Ways to Defend Elderly from Abuse

June 1, 2005

Older Americans are ready targets for exploitation and abuse. Unfortunately, sometimes the sources of exploitation are caregivers or others the person trusts. Loved ones and friends can take action to prevent such abuse and to catch it before it gets too far. Consider taking the following actions. Be involved. Even if you have no legal […]

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4 Action Steps to Avoid ID Theft

March 1, 2005

Identity theft was on the rise again in 2004. But the causes of ID theft will surprise most people. A new study issued by the Better Business Bureau found that a minority of known ID theft occurred over the Internet. The study found that in 68.2% of ID theft cases in 2004 information was obtained […]

The 6 Biggest Risks to your Retirement

What you don’t know about retirement can hurt you. In fact, just a few wrong decisions in your investments, taxes, or estate planning could completely derail your retirement plans. Worse yet, the rules of the game keep changing, making it harder to keep up with. For these reasons, I’ve assembled all the key points – everything you need to know — into one comprehensive report. Click here for free access.

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Identity Theft’s Latest Trend

November 1, 2004

Identity theft is the fastest-growing crime in the U.S. The computer crime known as phishing is becoming the prevailing form of ID theft. Preventing phishing requires diligence. One thing is clear: credit card companies won’t provide much help. Prevention will depend on your efforts. Phishing involves using e-mail to get a computer user to reveal […]

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How to Spot and Avoid Scams

October 1, 2004

Corporate accounting and mutual fund scandals are not the biggest scam risks to investors. Identity theft is a big risk, but you don’t want to focus on it so much that you lose track of the other frauds coming your way. Versions of the old-fashioned Ponzi scheme proliferate. Retirees and those close to retirement still […]

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Dangers of the Private REIT

September 1, 2004

Real estate investment trusts have been important parts of our portfolios. Cohen & Steers Realty Shares has outperformed the S&P 500 for the last 10 years, for each of the last four full years, and so far in 2004. Unfortunately, the good news about real estate and REITs is being used to entice investors, especially […]

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More Ways to Prevent ID Theft

August 1, 2004

Identity theft continues to increase, and older Americans are prime targets of this crime. That’s why we constantly are looking for ways to prevent the crime and to protect your identity and wealth. Here are some new strategies to consider along with the strategies mentioned in past visits. When paying a credit card bill by […]

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