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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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The Truth About Frauds and Scams

December 26, 2013

The Wall Street Journal had a good series of articles recently about financial frauds and particularly how the elderly are targets for them. (Subscription might be required for some or all of these articles.) This article explains the extent to which the elderly are the targets of most frauds and make up most of the […]

Avoiding the Obamacare Scams

October 1, 2013

The most significant of the Obamacare reforms take effect Jan. 1, 2014, and are receiving a lot of publicity. They’re also bringing out the scam artists. Here are some points you need to know. Medicare beneficiaries aren’t required to make any changes because of Obamacare. There are no Obamacare cards or similar documents for anyone. […]

Protecting Yourself from ID Theft

June 1, 2013

Identity theft isn’t making the headlines it did a few years ago. Yet, it’s still a problem. The FTC  estimates that annually about 9 million Americans have their identities stolen, and this costs consumers about $5 billion. The FTC says fixing your credit after a theft takes about 175 hours and costs $1,173. In addition, […]

Avoiding Scams in 2013

February 1, 2013

You’re a target for scams and financial abuse. That’s a fact we all need to acknowledge. Fortunately, you can take steps to reduce your risk, and many of these steps are very easy to do and cost little or no money. Fraud and financial abuse are not the same thing. You know what fraud is. […]


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Targeting Veterans for Scams

December 1, 2012

Senior veterans need to be alert for scams and financial abuse targeting them. In our December 2011 visit we explained how the Aid & Attendance benefits for vets provide assisted living and nursing home financing for many vets. Aid & Attendance and pensions are the hooks on the scams. They benefits are available only to […]

Fighting Back Against the Latest Scams

October 1, 2011

To learn about the latest financial scams and swindles, check the headlines. The con artists look at what’s hot and on people’s minds and adjust their traditional pitches to match the latest news. Their scripts often are “ripped from the headlines.” You also can bet that the cons try to tap either the fear or […]

Protecting Yourself from the Life Cycle of Scams

September 1, 2011

There are good reasons why the silver generation is the main target of financial abuse, and you don’t have to stand still for them. Outright frauds and scams aren’t the only source of financial losses for seniors. Too often, they pay too much or accept bad deals. Fortunately, after you understand why seniors are susceptible […]

Staying Ahead of the Scam Artists

May 1, 2011

Scam artists are creative, always changing their schemes to avoid the latest road blocks put in their paths. For example, the Federal Trade Commission reports that identity theft still is the number one consumer scam complaint, but there are some changes from the past. Since the older segment of the population most often is the […]


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