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Senior Scams

7 Scams That Can Absolutely Wreck Your Finances

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Ellen Breslau | Posted 05.16.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Identity theft, imposter scams, charity scams, Medicare scams—the ways crooks have devised to bilk you out of your ...

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...

My Dad Gave Over $6,000 Away To Scammers. Here's What Happened Next.

Ellen Isaacs | Posted 05.13.2015 | Fifty
Ellen Isaacs

My Dad gave over $6,000 away to Internet/mail/phone scammers. Even after talking with FBI and U.S. Postal Service agents regarding seniors and scams, he was convinced that friendly 'investors' who were calling him up to 20 times a day were going to give him a million dollars.

Aging in a High Tech World

Ellen Isaacs | Posted 05.04.2015 | Fifty
Ellen Isaacs

I couldn't figure out what was going on until Dad showed me a phone bill with a total amount due of $2,132.41, and listing some 200 phone calls to/from 'Kingston' (Jamaica) and Las Vegas.

Scammers Get Smarter, Meaner

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 11.04.2014 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Today's scammers -- especially those preying on seniors or the socially isolated -- are incredibly skilled.

How to Protect Your Medicare Card from Identity Theft

Jim T. Miller | Posted 08.27.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

I just turned 65 and got my Medicare card. I see that the ID number on my card is the same as my Social Security number, and on the back of the card it says I need to carry it with me at all times. What can I do to protect myself from identify theft if my purse and Medicare card get stolen?

The One Thing Everyone With An Aging Parent Needs To Know

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 06.25.2014 | Fifty
Arlene Nisson Lassin

They fall for the urgent need of money being wired to a desperate relative caught overseas with all of their money stolen, or they fall for the get-rich-quick schemes because they lack the skepticism or cynicism that most of us have.

How To Get Rid Of Telemarketers Once And For All

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Christina Couch | Posted 04.17.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM If your phone is ringing off the hook from telemarketers, you're not alone. The Federal Trade Commission receives as ...

How to Spot and Prevent Senior Financial Fraud

Jim T. Miller | Posted 08.17.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Spotting a scam or a con artist is not always easy to do. They range from shady financial advisers to slick-talking telemarketers to professional caregivers and relatives who steal from the very people they're supposed to be looking after.

The Surprising Reason Older People Are More Prone To Scams

Reuters | Posted 12.05.2012 | Fifty

CHICAGO, Dec. 3 (Reuters) By Julie Steenhuysen - It's a frequent scenario. Two young con artists walk a retired high school teacher to the bank and...