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Tag Archives: Scams

Too Good to Be True: The Bill Paying Scam

Just as I completed my last blog about protecting yourself against scams, I came across this warning from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC):  The FTC warns con artists are targeting church communities with a bill paying scam. Since assisting clients with bill paying is one of my services, I was greatly concerned. The FTC says […]

Protect Yourself from Scams: Stop and Think

If scamming people wasn’t so profitable, there wouldn’t be so many con artists tricking people out of their money. There are many types of scams. Here are three which recently happened in my world: 1. My mother answered the phone to this greeting: “Hi Grandma, I’m in Florida to attend a funeral.” Evidently my child […]

Tax Scam Hits Home

In my line of work, I read many articles about financial scams. This tax season it happened in my own home. Someone, somewhere filed a 2013 tax return with my husband’s name and social security number. The thief filed early and received a tax refund. When our accountant e-filed our joint return later in the […]

Crime of the 21st Century

Elder financial abuse has been called the “Crime of the 21st Century.” A 2011 MetLife Study of Elder Financial Abuse estimates that elder financial abuse costs American seniors $2.6 billion a year. Yet, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, only 1 in 25 cases of financial elder abuse is ever reported. Financial abuse […]