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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  • Elder Abuse: For Many Aging Americans, Home is Where the Fraud Is

    A nationwide elder abuse analysis has led to a surprising conclusion that could cause older Americans to think twice about trusting their money to those nearest and dearest to them.

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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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  • How to Prevent Elders from Being Scammed

    Elderly scams are the most common form of fraud. Here are some tips for caregivers to help their elderly parents avoid becoming victims of scams.

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  • Top 10 Questions About Elder Abuse

    The term elder abuse encompasses a wide array of mistreatment of the elderly. Learn the warning signs, laws, and what to expect if you need to report a suspected case of risk or harm to an older person.

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  • Preventing the 5 Kinds of Elder Abuse

    There are five basic types of elder abuse: physical, sexual, psychological, financial and neglect. If others are involved in providing care for an elderly loved one, be aware of the potential for elder abuse and how to identify it.

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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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