December 7, 2015
Every year, thousands of seniors fall victim to scams that prey on their fears, goodwill and charity. According to the FBI, senior citizens are often the targets of these scams because they are less likely to report a fraud. This is usually because they don’t know who to report it to, are ashamed of being deceived or are unaware that they have been tricked.
For this post, we have identified a few popular scams that target seniors so that you know what to watch out for. Read More
October 29, 2014
Last week, Staying Put at Home detailed steps to take to protect your information on the Internet. Safeguarding your online security is essential to avoiding identity theft, but overlooking the offline tactics that scammers also use can still leave you vulnerable. It takes only one credit card offer for a crook to assume your identity and defraud you of hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Read More
October 21, 2014
Do you worry about becoming the victim of fraud? The unfortunate truth is that seniors are frequently the target of unscrupulous people. The National Council on Aging notes that scammers go after boomers because they often have significant savings and unsuspecting attitudes. As more seniors take to the Internet, fraudsters too are using it to gather and manipulate private information. Though the Internet can offer a wonderful alternative for simplifying daily tasks and contacting loved ones, it’s important to safeguard the information you send through it. Read More
August 7, 2014
Betty Logan* was at home in California when she received a call from her grandson. A college freshman studying in Arizona, Steve had gone to Mexico with friends and now was being held on phony drug charges by local authorities. Fearful that his parents would be upset about his trip across the border, Steve asked Betty if she could forward the funds necessary to pay off the corrupt cops. Frightened for her grandson, Betty told him that she first wanted to tell his mother about the incident. Two phone calls later, the first to Steve’s mom and the second to Steve’s cell phone, both women learned that he was safe at school. Steve was not being held by the Mexican police, nor had he ever stepped foot in Mexico. Betty then realized that she was the latest victim of the grandparent scam.
*The names in this story have been changed for privacy reasons.