scams Archives - Aging in Place

No Phishing for Christmas

This time of year, we’re all busy getting prepared for the holidays by shopping, watching Hallmark movies, waiting for snow, and watching more Hallmark movies. Then, there is the Grinch literally trying to steal Christmas from under our trees. This year, the Grinch will be played by any one of the people “phishing” on the internet. No, I’m not talking about the fantasy … [Read more...]

Senior Scams: Common Types & How to Identify Them – Infographic

Senior scams are big business for scammers. In the world of scamming, older consumers are targeted more than any other age group.Now, the upside of that (if you can call it that) is that older folks lost less money than their younger counterparts. (You might have seen a recent article by the AARP discussing that.) But, don't rest on those laurels; scammers make millions … [Read more...]

The IRS Is Calling: Is It For Real This Time?

There was a great line from the movie, Network … “I’m mad as hell and I am not going to take this anymore.” That line is very fitting for me because I am mad! A few months ago, I wrote an wrote an article  on IRS tax scams in which people are called and informed that they owe back taxes. I advised my clients to hang up the phone, because this is scam. Well, now they’ve … [Read more...]

What’s In Your Wallet?

A few days ago, I was in a store watching someone pay for her items at checkout. When the cashier asked her for her credit card, she produced a wallet that was bulging with papers, bills, receipts and what could have been the remainder of an old peanut butter cracker! She found the credit card - after laying everything out on the counter. I saw her Medicare card, social … [Read more...]

Be Aware of ID Thieves: How to Spot Them and Counter Them

It is sad to say, but older people are often the primary targets of fraudsters. Seen as trusting and a soft touch, liars, scammers, low grade sales reps, ID thieves and even some charities will try to squeeze what they can out of people who are older. Independence is vital to many people; especially those wanting to age in place, in their homes. And, this means you … [Read more...]