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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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The New Look in Identity Theft

November 1, 2003

Identity theft still is the fastest-growing crime in the nation. But the crime is changing as individuals and authorities become more aware of the problem. The good news is that victims are discovering ID theft crimes faster. The bad news is that the effects are more costly and longer-lasting. The crime now is discovered within […]


Your Firewall Against Investment Scams

October 1, 2003

Scam artists are developing more cunning cons, and you are among their prime targets. Fortunately, new help is available to protect your wealth. Older Americans always have been the targets of scam artists. Seasoned Americans tend to have more money than younger citizens do and also seem to be more trusting. Now, those in retirement […]


Why Are Seniors Vulnerable?

May 1, 2003

If you are older than 50, you are a target for fraud. Scam artists know that they are more likely to be successful against an older person than against the rest of the population. Experts estimate that over $40 billion is lost to fraud each year. The traditional assumption is that the victims of fraud […]


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 […]


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. For these reasons, I’ve assembled all the key points – everything you need to know — into one comprehensive report. Click here today for free access.


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 […]


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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