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Don’t be bamboozled

fish hook and money

As fraudsters enjoy more success and scams become more prolific, the likelihood of any one person getting duped is going up. And it isn’t just the elders that are being scammed. The Federal Trade Commission said that consumers reported losing a total of nearly $488 million to all types of imposter scams in 2018—more than…

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Don’t fall victim to online shopping fraud

mobile phone & credit card

It’s holiday shopping time.  If you are like the majority of Americans, you will do at least some of it online. According to study conducted by the company BigCommerce, 96% of Americans have made an online purchase at some point in their lives, and a full 51% of us prefer online shopping over in-store. With…

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Think twice before you meme

social media word graphic

Last year, a Facebook meme went around called “10 Bands I’ve Seen, And One Is a Lie.” Posters then listed the names of nine bands they’d seen and one that they hadn’t, and their friends had to guess which was the lie.  The person sharing the list often included a note about the first band he…

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Elder Financial Exploitation

elderly woman on phone

To con artists, down-on-their-luck relatives, or opportunistic acquaintances, they are gold mines. Individuals over the age of 50 control 70% of the country’s wealth, and seniors between the ages of 65 and 74, with an average net worth of $1.06 million, have more assets than any other age group. They are also susceptible to elder…

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Watch out for tech support scams

tech support scam

Although tech support scams have been around for a while, every year they get more sophisticated. Tech support scams target people of all ages, including those that consider themselves tech-savvy.  In fact, a study from Microsoft concluded that millennials are falling for tech support scams at a higher rate than older people. These types of scams…

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