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Title fraud – how mortgage-free seniors can become a target

Title fraud – how mortgage-free seniors can become a target | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
Real estate scammers can prey on older adults who have paid-off properties – like this savvy Saskatchewan mayor who offers a cautionary tale
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Identity theft can lead to property title fraud especially for our seniors.

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How to Communicate with Difficult Seniors and Older Adults

How to Communicate with Difficult Seniors and Older Adults | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
How to Communicate Effectively with Seniors

Via Don Dea
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Talking to seniors about scams and fraud can be a difficult task.  Oftentimes, the senior will resist your efforts to help.  This article provides some great tips that will help you have that kind of challenging conversation.

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Don Dea's curator insight, December 15, 2014 12:16 AM

Higher standards of living and medical advancements are extending life expectancies in many countries to well above the age of eighty.

Caring for, and having successful relationships with older adults often requires unique communication skills and strategies. Below are a few tips for successful communication with seniors. Not all of these ideas may apply to your particular situation or the older adult(s) involved. Simply use what works and discard the rest. For in-depth information on successful communication with difficult and resistant seniors, see my reference guide (click on title) "How to Communicate Effectively with Difficult Older Adults.

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Credit Card Fraud: 6 Habits That Up Your Odds | Bankrate.com

Credit Card Fraud: 6 Habits That Up Your Odds | Bankrate.com | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
Throwing away bank statements, leaving smartphones unlocked and failing to protect your PIN are just a few of the ways you're upping your odds of credit card fraud.

Via Kenneth Carnesi,JD
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Here are some great common sense tips to pass along to the seniors in your life particularly if they like to shop on the internet.

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'Tis the season to avoid credit card fraud - CBS News

'Tis the season to avoid credit card fraud - CBS News | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
As the busy holiday shopping season gears up, a few simple measures are often enough to keep consumers safe
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Please share this information with the seniors in your life. Help them keep their credit card information safe during the holidays!

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Carmel homeowner warns of furnace repair scams - Fox 59

Carmel homeowner warns of furnace repair scams - Fox 59 | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
HAMILTON COUNTY – A central Indiana homeowner is warning others to beware of furnace repair companies trying to scam you into spending thousands of dollars on repairs or a new unit. Carmel resident...
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Here is an example of a scam that all too often ensnares the elderly. If you are a caregiver, help the senior in your life check the credentials of any home repair company before they commit to paying for anything.

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Elder financial abuse a growing problem as population ages - BayStateBanner

Elder financial abuse a growing problem as population ages - BayStateBanner | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
As the ranks of older adults are expected to swell nationwide in the coming decades as the large Baby Boomer generation reaches their 60s and 70s, more and more elders are at risk of being swindled by unscrupulous caregivers and scam artists.
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Only about 1 in 40 incidents of elder financial abuse are reported.  Let's change that statistic.  If you suspect financial exploitation of a senior in your life, reach out to law enforcement right away.

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7 tips for seniors to protect against financial scams

7 tips for seniors to protect against financial scams | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
Here are seven tips from Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest to protect seniors from financial exploitation.

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Here are some great tips to pass on to the seniors in your life.

 

 

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McAfee's '12 Scams of the Holidays' list - Orlando Business Journal

McAfee's '12 Scams of the Holidays' list - Orlando Business Journal | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
McAfee has released its annual “12 Scams of the Holidays” list to alert the public to the most popular ways cyber criminals are scamming consumers during the holiday season.
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Yes, the holidays are just around the corner....

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'Elaborate' identity fraud operation uncovered in Paulding - Atlanta Journal Constitution

'Elaborate' identity fraud operation uncovered in Paulding - Atlanta Journal Constitution | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
Authorities in Paulding County last week uncovered what investigators are calling an “elaborate identity fraud/credit card manufacturing operation” found during the eviction of a tenant who was behind in his rent.
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Here is a reminder of what can happen if your identity is stolen.  Please help the seniors in your life safeguard their personal information.

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Tax Scams

The IRS warns taxpayers about an increasing number of tax scams in communities across the country. For even more information go to IRS.gov and type “scam” in the search box.
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Tax scams are increasing around the country.  Please help the seniors in your life recognize and prevent these scams.

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Medicare cards can put seniors at risk of ID theft - Thehour.com

Medicare cards can put seniors at risk of ID theft - Thehour.com | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
Since cybersecurity and identity theft are such big issues today, you have to wonder why our regulators, legislators and leaders in Washington, D.C., are complacent about putting 50 million senior citizens at risk.
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Seniors are at risk of identity theft from the information on their Medicare cards.  Make sure the seniors in your life are safeguarding this information.

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Trend Micro Has Identified 9 Social Media Scams Instagram, Twitter “Instant Like Apps” are Included

Trend Micro Has Identified 9 Social Media Scams Instagram, Twitter “Instant Like Apps” are Included | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
Trend Micro Has Identified 9 Social Media Scams Instagram, Twitter “Instant Like Apps” are Included: India—Oc... http://t.co/m1aFUHJtgk
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Here is another reminder to be careful on social media.  Please help the seniors in your life understand how to recognize and avoid these kinds of scams.

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Another e-bay Fraud: Buyers Becoming Tricked Towards Offering e-bay Passwords - Breaking news around the worldBreaking news around the world

Another e-bay Fraud: Buyers Becoming Tricked Towards Offering e-bay Passwords - Breaking news around the worldBreaking news around the world | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
If you enjoy searching for bargains on eBay, beware of a brand new con that’ll land you on a look-alike eBay log-in page. Customers who aren’t aware that they have been on the phony website can provide scammers full accessibility their private username and passwords, including... http://www.newsyab.com/another-e-bay-fraud-buyers-becoming-tricked-towards-offering-e-bay-passwords/

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If you know someone who buys items on ebay, please pass along this important warning.

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New scams to watch out for this holiday season - Yahoo Finance (blog)

New scams to watch out for this holiday season - Yahoo Finance (blog) | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
With holiday shopping season in full swing, not only are retailers after your dollars, but so are scammers. To better protect yourself, Amy Nofziger of AARP’s Fraud Watch Network says it’s important to be on high alert.
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Colorado AG Combating Scam Artists With Anti-Fraud Site - CBS Local

Colorado AG Combating Scam Artists With Anti-Fraud Site - CBS Local | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
The first clue it was a scam was the caller's sense of humor. "We know government has no sense of humor," Tom Logan said.
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Five top tips for a fraud-free Christmas - Computer Business Review

Five top tips for a fraud-free Christmas - Computer Business Review | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
The top five things you need to know to keep your online identities and internet accounts fraud free this Christmas.
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Take a moment to be skeptical before clicking on any links or downloading any items. Here are some great tips to keep your online identity safe this holiday season. Pass the word on to the seniors in your life.

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3 Online Fraud Prevention Tips You Need To Know In 2014

3 Online Fraud Prevention Tips You Need To Know In 2014 | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
You can do everything right and still have your identity stolen. If 2014 has taught us anything about security, it's this: you cannot trust companies to keep your data safe.

Via Kenneth Carnesi,JD
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Identity theft can happen to anyone.  Here are some tips to keep your online data protected.

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Q5: Securities commissioner cautions Kansans to prepare for Ebola-related scams - Leavenworth Times

Q5: Securities commissioner cautions Kansans to prepare for Ebola-related scams - Leavenworth Times | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
There has been a significant increase in Ebola-related investment websites and it has raised suspicion with the Kansas Securities Commission. In this Q5,
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3 scams that can fool anybody - Komando

3 scams that can fool anybody - Komando | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
If you have money, valuables or even just good credit, you can bet that lots of crooks would love nothing more than to steal it right out of your hands. Thieves and scammers have b...
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The internet has made is easier for scammers to rip off people particularly the elderly.  Here are 3 common scams and how to recognize them.

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Watch Out For Advance Fee Scams - Forbes

Watch Out For Advance Fee Scams - Forbes | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
One of the tell-tale signs of a scam is an operation that demands a fee upfront for a service that should be free. These "advance fee" scams permeate financial services.
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Be aware of any unsolicited email or telephone contact that requires an "advance fee" for any service.

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Retirees, Protect Yourself From Fraudsters

Retirees, Protect Yourself From Fraudsters | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
Seniors' wallets are squarely in the crosshairs of financial predators. Financial exploitation runs the gamut from the quaint and quotidian to brazen.
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Professionals in the medical, financial and legal professions all have an important role in helping seniors recognize and prevent financial fraud and scams.

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New mailbox-marking program to keep an eye on seniors in Marion - SouthCoastToday.com

New mailbox-marking program to keep an eye on seniors in Marion - SouthCoastToday.com | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
MARION — The Marion Council on Aging and the Rochester Post Office have begun a program that will serve as a well-being check on elderly
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Here is an interesting program to check on the well-being of seniors.  If you work with seniors, it is important to know if they have someone checking in on them periodically.

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Police warn about sophisticated scams - Aspen Daily News

Police warn about sophisticated scams - Aspen Daily News | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
Aspen police are warning the public to be aware of sophisticated scams after a man told authorities he nearly had $180,000 stolen from him.
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Be careful with sharing personal information on social media.

 

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Clever disguises are part of door-to-door rip-offs - Detroit Free Press

Clever disguises are part of door-to-door rip-offs - Detroit Free Press | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
Con artists pretend to be from utility companies or tree trimmers to gain fast cash
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Door-to-Door scammers will use fear or confusion to rip off the elderly.  Help the seniors in your life recognize and prevent these kinds of scams.

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Medicare Open Enrollment: Scams, Programs, And Dates - Breaking news around the worldBreaking news around the world

Medicare Open Enrollment: Scams, Programs, And Dates - Breaking news around the worldBreaking news around the world | Senior Scams & Frauds | Scoop.it
Medicare’s available registration system can be very complicated. It really is full of multiple pricing tiers, large expenses, complicated forms, and high priced medications. One error can cause huge spikes in health care cost. Medicare has also been inside news recently. Relating to a... http://www.newsyab.com/medicare-open-enrollment-scams-programs-and-dates/

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Please be careful of scammers looking to take advantage of the Medicare open enrollment period. Please work with a trusted authority on this important matter. 

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