Online Precautions for Veterans

This morning I found a post on AARP’s website warning veterans that they’re being targeted by fake social media accounts. Please click the link below to read Aaron Kassraie’s article.  Then share his article on Facebook. Continue reading Online Precautions for Veterans

Scam Phone Calls

It isn’t easy to be streetwise when someone is messing with your head.  However, you’d better make the effort when someone calls you on the phone and suggests you’ll need to pay him/her money to handle an emergency. Please click the link below to read a CNBC article on MSN’s site. Continue reading Scam Phone Calls

Exploiting the Bereaved

If you’ve ever received an odd telephone call shortly after a loved one’s passing, you may have heard from a con artist who takes advantage of people who are in mourning. Please take a look at Sid Kirchheimer’s article in the current (March) issue of AARP Bulletin.  He describes some of the common tactics used by dishonest people to exploit a person’s death, and offers advice on how to avoid being taken advantage of if your family is targeted that way: Continue reading Exploiting the Bereaved

Online Marketplace Precautions

The holiday shopping season is a busy time for scammers, including those who sell merchandise online which consumers never receive. It happens year-round, but consumers are most vulnerable now. They’re overwhelmed, so they’re more likely to miss warning signs. Scenario:  A child asks for a trendy toy, and Grandma can’t buy it directly from established retailers because the toy sells too fast.  So, she takes a chance.  She buys it through a reputable site, but the actual seller is a contractor who has signed up very recently with the site.  The toy might be bargain-priced. After the toy is ordered, … Continue reading Online Marketplace Precautions