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Elderly Scams

Holiday Scams That Target The Elderly Just Came Roaring Back

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.09.2016 | Fifty

Scams that target older people happen every day, but scammers ramp up their efforts around this time of year when people are more inclined toward gene...

5 Simple Ways To Keep The Elderly Safe From Identity Theft

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.16.2016 | Fifty

The number of elderly victims of identity theft increased from 2.1 million in 2012 to 2.6 million in 2014, according to the Department of Justice. The...

Maybe It's Time To Start Robocalling The Phone Companies

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.19.2015 | Fifty

I have tried screaming, blowing a whistle into the phone, and cussing like a drunken sailor. I've even tried Jewish mother guilt and asking the caller...

6 Ways Seniors Are Getting Ripped Off By Their Families

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.23.2015 | Fifty

Before you holler about those phone scammers who prey on the elderly, you might be surprised to hear who the real bad guys might be: Family caregivers...

When You Answer The Phone And No One Is There

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.25.2015 | Fifty

Have you ever answered the phone to find no one on the other end and wondered: What are they trying to sell me if they aren't speaking? According to e...

How To Protect Yourself From Smartphone Scams

Jan Golden | Posted 06.13.2016 | Fifty
Jan Golden

Do you remember the first time you encountered an Internet scam? Maybe it was an email scam where if you opened a suspicious email or attachment, you were susceptible to picking up a virus that could harm your computer.

A Brilliant Solution To Fight Back At Senior Financial Abuse

Next Avenue | Richard Eisenberg | Posted 04.08.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Richard Eisenberg At a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing last month on ways to attack the scourge of elder f...

Elderly Scams Cost 12 TIMES More Than Previously Thought

Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.07.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

About four or five times a day, my home phone rings with people who say I've done business with them before (I haven't) or who say that I asked them to call (I didn't). Increasingly, it is angry-voiced men claiming to be from the IRS or some division of the government who say I owe them money (I don't).

Courier Services Play A Surprising Role In Scams Targeting The Elderly

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.28.2012 | Fifty

Have courier services been thrust to the front line of defending seniors against elderly scams? In a new twist on an old story, some scammers, hopi...

Ann Brenoff

How A Daughter's Quick Thinking Saved This Woman From Losing Her Life Savings | Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.13.2012 | Fifty

Violet Christensen is 90-years-old and lives alone in her home in Minnesota with a telephone. That's about all the information the out-of-country phon...