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Financial Scams

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

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Closing the Door to Your Greatest Fraud Risk

April 3, 2016

The recent headlines about the theft of tens of millions of personal information from health insurer Anthem shouldn’t have been a surprise, and it is the type of action you should expect to hear about regularly. Your greatest risk of being scammed or having your identity stolen might be one you don’t suspect. The big […]

Building a Firewall from Abuse and Scams

February 1, 2016

You can take steps now to protect yourself from financial abuse and scams in the future. Older Americans are the most likely targets and victims of these acts. Preparation is necessary to avoid losing wealth and dignity to the perpetrators. The crooks look for vulnerable people. By the time you’re vulnerable, it’s often too late […]

The Elderly and Crime

June 2, 2015

Most discussions of the elderly and crime point out that the elderly are likely to be victims of crime than younger people are. But this article says that the new trend worldwide is for older people to commit crimes. The theory is that they haven’t saved enough for retirement and can’t keep regular jobs, so […]

Closing the Door to Your Greatest Fraud Risk

January 1, 2015

Your greatest risk of being scammed or having your identity stolen might be one you don’t suspect. The big headlines are generated when information thieves access the databases of major retailers or other well-known businesses. But the headlines are behind the times. Medical records are the latest hot target of information thieves. A medical record […]

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Avoiding Financial Scams and Abuse

December 1, 2014

The world is rife with financial fraud and abuse, but many people don’t know enough about it, to their detriment. Even people who think they know the facts of financial fraud and abuse don’t, especially those most likely to suffer from it. You need to under-stand financial fraud and abuse, and then prepare and take […]

Avoiding the Grandparent Scams

April 14, 2014

There’s a range of scams that specifically target grandparents. It’s not clear how the perpetrators find their information, but they have people’s names and numbers and the name of at least one grandchild. Then they call, pretending to be a grandchild in distress and in need of money. You can find details here, including what […]

Avoiding the Nation’s Silent Scam

April 1, 2014

About the middle of last year we became aware of a scam that’s been stealing money from Americans for a number of years. Law enforcement at different levels apparently has been aware of it for some time but has been unable or unwilling to do anything about it. The amounts stolen from each person are […]

A New Scam: Fake Funeral E-mails

February 19, 2014

The most common e-mail and computer scams are designed to have you click on a link in the e-mail or an attachment to it. The result is malware downloaded to the computer. Malware might do a range of different things. It might give the scammers access to or information on your computer. Or it might […]

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