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Sid Kirchheimer

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Sid Kirchheimer, author of "Scam-Proof Your Life" and more than a dozen other books, covers consumer and health issues for AARP Media.

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4 Scams That Prey on Your Patriotism

Posted on 07/2/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & Savings | Relationships | TechnologyHappy birthday, America! Time for fireworks, barbecues and flag-waving. But know that fraudsters also have their own reason to celebrate: On July 4 (and every other day), your patriotism helps them in some of the nation’s biggest scams — especially but not exclusively when targeting those of retirement age. “Despite the stereotype, there is not a lot of data to indicate that seniors are any more trusting than anyone else,” says Stacey Wood, a neuropsychologist at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., …

7 Telltale Signs of a Job Scam

Posted on 06/27/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsThe good news for job seekers: The government’s most recent employment report finally puts total employment at pre-recession levels, with nearly 9 million more jobs than at its low point. The bad news: Scammers are even better poised to steal the money and identities of hopeful applicants, by posing (usually online) as legitimate employers with “We’re hiring!” claims. Here are some tip-offs to an impending employment rip-off: 1. Your cash for your (background) check. The most common ruse is getting job applicants …

5 Pet Scams You Need to Know

Posted on 06/13/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsThe dog days of summer go beyond just rising temperatures — at least for pet lovers. Pet scams are also heating up, and here’s what you should know about the most common schemes: Dognapping Born during the economic downturn of recent years, dognapping involves stealing dogs from unattended backyards and cars — and, more commonly, even in the company of their owners. Some are then held for ransom. In one recent well-publicized case, surveillance video captured a dognapping in progress at …

Half of U.S. Adults Hacked: Are You Among Them?

Posted on 06/6/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Home & Family | Money & Savings | TechnologyIn the past 12 months your personal information has likely been stolen, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft. About 432 million online accounts belonging to 110 million Americans — roughly half of all adults — were hacked in cyberattacks during the past year, according to new findings by the Ponemon Institute, a data-collection research firm. Meanwhile, Consumer Reports estimates that some 11 million Americans fell victim to email scams in 2013. And in the first four months of this year, at least 260 …

Top Summer Travel Scams

Posted on 05/28/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & Savings | TravelAs you look forward to a summer getaway, watch out for these common scams: Tricky tickets: Received a letter promising free or steeply discounted airline or cruise tickets? Read the small print — and between the lines — for words such as “eligible” and “guaranteed to win.” These mailers are often sent by vacation clubs as a lure to attend a high-pressure sales presentation where you’re promised huge travel discounts. The hook: You join by paying upfront fees that could approach five figures …