Senior Frauds & Scams Articles

  • 5 Steps to Take After Clicking on a Phishing Link

    If you think you have fallen victim to a scammer’s phishing, follow these steps to protect your identity and finances.

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  • How to Protect Yourself from Medicare Scams

    Familiarize yourself with the most common Medicare scams and learn how to determine whether communication from Medicare is legitimate to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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  • Important Aspects of the Identity Theft Restoration Process

    There are a few important steps that you must take after your identity has been compromised, but there are also a couple of roadblocks to avoid and minor details to be aware of when you are going through this process.

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  • Common Door-to-Door Scams and How to Avoid Them

    Con artists can more easily manipulate someone in person, so they often approach seniors at home under the guise of offering some kind of service. Learn from these real-life examples and use these tips to avoid falling victim to a scammer.

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  • Identity Monitoring Services: Are They Worth It?

    Identity theft is a serious issue that everyone is at risk for. Some specialized companies claim to protect their subscribing customers from data breaches and compromised identities, but are they really that effective? Can't you just monitor and safeguard your financial and personal information yourself?

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  • Protect Yourself: Steps to Take After a Data Breach

    Countless businesses and organizations are targeted by hackers every year, leaving consumers vulnerable to fraud. Use these steps to protect your identity and finances.

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  • Doing Things the Old-Fashioned Way Is Still Risky

    Using snail mail, writing checks, and placing all refuse in the garbage are a few traditional ways of managing finances and household affairs. While these may seem like simple and secure everyday actions, it is important to learn how these things can place you at risk and how to adapt your habits to better protect your identity.

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  • Fake Caller ID: Don't Fall for Spoofing Scams

    Scammers have adopted a new strategy for manipulating caller ID in order to persuade people to answer. Knowing what kinds of suspicious signs to look for can help you to avoid people calling with shady intentions.

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  • Tips for Mobile Phone Security

    Many family members are eager to buy the latest gadgets for themselves and their loved ones. However, gifting a smart phone to a senior can leave them open to security breaches. Proper setup and secure use can make all the difference.

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  • How to Protect Yourself from Online Account Take-Overs

    Online access to accounts is extremely convenient, but electing to forgo such access can leave you vulnerable to criminal activity. Learn how you can safeguard your accounts from fraudsters by using extra security measures.

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  • Steps to Take to Protect a Decedent's Identity

    After a loved one passes away, they are still susceptible to identity theft and fraudulent activity. However, there are some steps that you can take to ensure that their information does not fall into the wrong hands.

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  • Steps to Take After Falling for a Scam

    People of all ages can easily find themselves caught in a scammer's trap, and this predicament can deal a blow to one’s ego and bank account. Learn what recourse you have after you've taken the bait.

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  • 7 Ways to Prevent Seniors from Falling Victim to Fraud

    It is inevitable that your aging loved one will be confronted with an offer that is too good to be true or a suspicious request for sensitive information. A few simple steps can help to safeguard them from devastating identity fraud tactics and scams.

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  • The Deadly Danger of Medical Identity Theft

    How you can detect medical identity theft and the steps to take if you are a victim of medical identity theft.

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  • Beware of Pension Poachers

    Pension poachers look for older adults who are eligible to receive a pension and convince them to restructure their assets in a way that could cause trouble when applying for Medicaid.

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  • Important Deadlines that Could Save You Thousands of Dollars

    If you don't know these important deadlines for reporting identity theft and stolen credit, ATM or debit cards, you could end up losing thousands of dollars.

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  • How to Talk to Your Parents about Fraud

    Talking to your aging parents about fraud and their risk of falling prey to a scammer (especially online) is never an easy discussion. Here are some strategies to help you find common ground.

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  • Using Online Account Access to Prevent Fraud

    Avoiding the Internet won't protect you from fraud. If you do not set up your online accounts you are enabling an identity thief to do it for you.

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  • How to Get Rid of Junk Mail and Telemarketing Calls for Good

    Taking steps to declutter your mailbox and protect your phone number(s) can greatly minimize your frustration and reduce your vulnerability to fraud and identity theft.

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  • How to Protect Your Credit with a Security Freeze

    When guarding yourself from identity theft you have two choices: monitor your credit regularly or implement a security freeze. Which option is best for you?

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