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Beware the ‘Befriender’

Posted on 12/3/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayIt’s often true that older people feel lonelier as their children leave the nest, their friends move south and their spouses pass away. That’s one reason they’re particularly vulnerable to new “friends” who in truth are out to exploit them. As Katherine Pearson, a professor at Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law, explains in the Elder Law Prof Blog, these “befrienders” aim to gain the trust — and eventually access to the assets — of their victims. But if you …

Cyber (Crook) Monday: 8 Tips for Safer Online Shopping

Posted on 11/26/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsWhether your online holiday shopping begins Bird Day, Black Friday or Cyber Monday — or is already history — here’s a refresher course on how to do it more safely. Use a credit card. Payments can be withheld if there’s a dispute with a store, and if the card is stolen, you won’t have to pay more than $50 of fraudulent charges. With a debit card, you can’t withhold payments — the store is paid directly from your bank account. 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 …

Meet the Medicare Fraud-Fighters

Posted on 11/12/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayFor many older Americans, Medicare has been a life-saver — literally. And, over its 47-year-old history, the government health care initiative has allowed countless more Americans to lived longer and healthier lives. That’s the good news. The not-so-good? Some doctors, pharmacies and other providers try to steal from Medicare by overbilling or submitting fraudulent charges for reimbursement. >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter That’s where the Medicare Fraud Strike Force (don’t you just love that name?) comes in. …

Medicare Spam Increases 10-Fold

Posted on 11/6/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsDuring Medicare Open Enrollment,  which started Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7, there’s usually an uptick in online spam pitching supplemental plans. But this year, it’s gone epidemic — with a 10-fold increase compared to recent months in these always annoying and sometimes risky offers, reports messaging security firm Cloudmark. >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter The reason may go beyond just the calendar: It looks like spammers are exploiting confusion over the Affordable Care Act – and how it …

IRS Warns of ‘Sophisticated’ Phone Scam

Posted on 11/4/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsThe Taxman Cometh with a warning about a new telephone scam that the IRS says is more sophisticated than the traditional trickery that aims to collect your personal information. >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter This time, crooks posing as IRS agents seem to know some of it already:somehow, they’re able to recite the last four digits of your Social Security number. To suggest further authenticity for their phony phone calls, made to residents in nearly every state, …