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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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Investing With The Inner Circle

April 1, 2003

Investment returns are down, leading many people to seek alternative sources of safe, sure returns. It also brings out the scam artists. A leading scam these days (#5 in the top 10 of the North American Securities Administrators Association) is known as the “prime bank” scheme. The scam is perfectly designed to attract the average […]

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Best Way To Stop ID Theft

March 1, 2003

Identity theft cases doubled from 2001 to 2002. A report from the Federal Trade Commission revealed that ID theft complaints to the government rose from 86,000 to 162,000, and for the third year ID theft was the most reported type of fraud. The government believes most thefts go unreported and that about 700,000 ID thefts […]

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Warning: Viatical Settlement

February 1, 2003

Interest rates are at their lowest levels in 40 years. Yields are too low for many people to meet their goals. That sends them in search of higher yields, and that attracts the scam artists. One spreading scam involves something known as a “viatical settlement.” The viatical settlement is a legitimate arrangement, but many of […]

Protecting Against ID Theft

January 1, 2003

Identity theft will be the crime of the millennium. It dominated the news recently when three credit card company employees were arrested for selling the data of 30,000 customers for $100 each. Fraud is perhaps the most common crime, and ID theft is another form of fraud. ID theft is growing rapidly, however, and soon […]

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