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5 Social Media Scams to Avoid

By |2021-06-07T19:07:16-07:00June 9th, 2021|

Using social media to keep track of loved ones can be a blessing in many ways. But there are negative sides to social media. Among the biggest downsides are scams designed to steal money from the less experienced. You don’t have to quit using social media altogether to avoid being scammed. Just be wary and

How Adult Kids Can Protect Aging Parents from Scams

By |2021-05-09T19:14:35-07:00May 19th, 2021|

As parents age, it’s highly likely they will need their adult children to start helping with various aspects of their lives. Retired aging adults can often maintain independence in their homes for many years. But it’s still helpful to have children and grandchildren around to assist as needed. Moreover, even aging parents capable of self-care,

Scam Alert: Fake Calls from FBI or Government Officials

By |2021-05-09T19:07:24-07:00May 12th, 2021|

The FBI and Better Business Bureau recently released a warning about a new insidious scam that family members should beware of. Scammers call innocent victims, pretend to be from the FBI or Social Security Administration, and attempt to access personal information (such as Social Security numbers). How the Social Security Scams are Changing Social Security

Credit Repair Scams and How to Recognize Them

By |2021-04-15T11:47:52-07:00April 15th, 2021|

Boosting your credit score is the first step toward financial freedom.  A higher credit score can give you access to better loans and financial options. Many people turn to credit repair services for assistance. While there are reputable companies that can help, the credit repair industry is teeming with scammers. What’s a consumer to do?

COVID-19 Vaccine Scam: Do Not Pay to Reserve a Vaccination Appointment

By |2021-04-08T09:48:48-07:00April 8th, 2021|

There is hope at the end of this long pandemic: now that vaccines are available, many people can see their families and enjoy some of their favorite activities once again. The demand for vaccination appointments has been understandably high, with priority being placed on vaccines for the older populations and most vulnerable people. When it’s

How to Protect Against Medication Errors in Nursing Homes

By |2021-03-09T10:30:30-08:00March 17th, 2021|

One of the ways that seniors suffer neglect in nursing homes is through medication errors. And errors in medication can be quite detrimental, even deadly. What to Watch For Any nursing home resident who takes a prescription medicine should be aware of the following challenges that might emerge: Giving the Wrong Medication Name: Some medications

Common Stimulus Check Scams – and How to Avoid Them

By |2021-02-04T07:53:20-08:00February 11th, 2021|

If you are anxiously waiting for another stimulus check from the government, do not be fooled by the scams going around. They try to convince you to give bank information or money in order to expedite your stimulus payment. Here are some current examples of stimulus check scams: Email from Joseph Simons, the FTC Chairman:

Beware of Romance Scams Surrounding Valentine’s Day

By |2021-02-04T07:54:34-08:00February 4th, 2021|

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love. Unfortunately, there are scammers who use this holiday to take advantage of those hungry for love and attention. Beware of these predators.  After gaining your trust and affection, they may ask for money. It doesn’t even require an in-person encounter to pull off. Who Is Most Likely

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