Where to Report Scams (and Why It’s Important)

Silence is golden, at least for scammers. Say nothing and their bilking can continue until you and others are bled dry. Speak up and it can stop. Take, for example, another impressive yet little-publicized bust recently announced by the Federal Trade Commission. It ended a telemarketing scheme believed to have scammed more than $20 million from tens of thousands of older Americans. The agency alleges that for 31 months, a network of scammers in the U.S. and Canada cold-called retirement-age Americans …

This Week in Boomer History: Kasparov vs. Deep Blue … Nightly Newscast … Peanuts RIP

Notable events from our shared experience On Feb. 10, 1989, Ron Brown becomes the first African American to head a major U.S. political party. Later named U.S. secretary of commerce – also the first African American to hold that post – Brown dies in a 1996 plane crash in Croatia. What’s the opposite of a love letter? On Valentine’s Day 1989, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issues a “fatwa” encouraging Muslims to kill author Salman Rushdie for blasphemy in his novel The …

This Week in Boomer History: Alberto Gonzales … Day the Music Died

Noteworthy events from our shared experience. On Feb. 3, 2005, Alberto Gonzales wins Senate confirmation and is sworn in as the nation’s first Hispanic attorney general. He was also the first Hispanic to serve as White House counsel. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (“The Big Bopper”) are killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, on Feb. 3, 1959 – “the day the music died” in Don McLean’s song “American Pie.” Mark Zuckerberg launches Thefacebook at Harvard on Feb. 4, 2004. Ten …

Phone Cramming – The Scamming Epidemic Sweeping Illinois

Good morning everyone – Jenn here from the communications team.  Wanted to give you all a heads up on a really shady practice going on in Illinois (and other states) called phone cramming. What is phone cramming you ask?  No it’s not when you threaten to do something unmentionable with your teenager’s phone if you see them texting one more time under the dinner table… Ever received a call to renew your free online yellow pages listing for a listing …