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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 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 […]

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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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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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Latest Ways to Prevent the New ID Theft

June 1, 2004

Identity theft continues to be the fastest-growing crime in the U.S. It also is among the most devastating. Credit records are ruined – which can affect employment and other opportunities. Also, significant time and money must be expended to correct the record and other consequences. You can protect yourself from ID theft, as we’ve discussed […]

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New ID Theft Protections

February 1, 2004

A new law was enacted fairly quietly at the end of 2003. It promises greater protection against identity thieves and more help for victims of the crime. Identity theft is believed to be the fastest growing crime of recent years. The Federal Trade Commission estimates that in 2002 there were 9.9 million victims of ID […]

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