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 …

Lessons to Learn from 2013′s Top Scams

As kids, we were taught to share, be polite and trust authority. Based on 2013′s top scams, as chosen by the Better Business Bureau, doing the opposite seems better advice to protect yourself. Don’t share your personal information – online or in response to unsolicited telephone calls or text messages. Don’t worry about being rude to those who request it: hanging up the phone is better than losing money or identity theft. Don’t trust claims in unsolicited emails and telephone calls that it’s really …

Robocalls: A Major Annoyance Gets Worse

I wish someone would research the detrimental health effects of constantly receiving those annoying robocalls. Maybe then those miserable irritants could be banned as a health hazard and we could finally escape their escalating, uncontrollable presence. Not likely, I know, and despite all the national “Do Not Call Registry” efforts, the number of these unwanted calls is increasing, according to a recent story in the New York Times. Writer Alina Tugend had written an earlier column about whether she should …