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Outsmart Con Artists: Arm Yourself Against Fraud

Posted on 01/21/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsThe following is a guest post by Nancy Mahoney, an AARP Foundation ElderWatch volunteer in Colorado. Each year, millions of Americans lose their hard-earned money to identity theft, investment fraud and other types of scams.  Last year alone, 12.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft — that’s one person victimized every three seconds. They are people just like you and me who told themselves they’re too smart to fall for a scam. Yet, as a volunteer with AARP Foundation …

Five Ways Criminals Con You Out of Your Cash

Posted on 12/4/2013 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

Money & SavingsIf you have money, scammers have a way to take it from you. Con artists talk about getting their victims so emotionally charged up that they are unable to think logically. They call it “under the ether,” and it is how they play on hope, fear and empathy to defraud their victims. Find out how to protect yourself from five common scams with staying power. Sweetheart. Savvy scammers do their homework, tailoring their false identity to target their victims, and …

Fraud Watch Network: Fight ID Theft and Scams

Posted on 11/12/2013 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

Money & SavingsThe con gathers an arsenal of information by being personable and being friendly… the logic goes out the window, the emotion kicks in, now I’ve endeared you to me, now I’m no longer the predator on the phone, I’m Jim from New York.” – Jimmy Edwards, The Con Artist’s Playbook The scam is sometimes deceptively simple, as easy as stealing a credit card offer from your trash. Other times it can be far more complex, like the infamous con preying …

What Happens in Vegas May Not Be Staying There This Time

Posted on 05/31/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsWhen you think about gangsters with ostentatious tastes, you tend to think of guys like Tony Montana, the fictional drug lord portrayed by Al Pacino in the 1983 film Scarface. Remember him sitting in an ornate mansion with gold chains dangling out of an open-necked black silk shirt and diamond rings decorating his hands that clutched a grenade launcher? Well, the scam artists who make millions ripping off older Americans apparently spend their ill-gotten proceeds getting gaudy as well. Take, …

Be Smart With Your Moola!

Posted on 04/11/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Money & SavingsHey there blog readers,  Jenn here from the communications team. In this week’s blog post I want to call your attention to some great free events that are coming up on all things financial.  Did you know that this year marks the 10th anniversary of “Money Smart Week”?  Never heard of it, you say? Money Smart Week began as a coordinated effort of the Money Smart Advisory Council, a diverse group of more than 40 Chicago-area organizations working together to …