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How to Avoid Robocall Scams

Posted on 08/1/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsAt least one of every five phone calls now made is a robocall, and many are the work of scammers. You may hate these automated annoyances, but scammers love them: They’re cheap, far-reaching and hard to trace. No surprise that the Federal Trade Commission receives some 200,000 complaints about these calls each month. Here’s what you need to know: 1. If they’re selling, assume they’re scamming. Fraudsters may tout “free” in their recorded messages, but ask yourself this: Since when …

Fear Is Back! Jury Duty, Other Intimidation Scams Return

Posted on 04/11/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsAs the forecast faithful can verify, March certainly came in like a lion. But out like a lamb? Scammers continue to be anything but sheepish in trying to steal your money and identity. Witness the recent return of the jury duty scam. That’s when fraudsters, posing as courthouse officials or police, telephone with claims you missed jury duty. Because of that, they threaten, you’re going to be arrested unless a fine is immediately paid — sometimes requested by credit card, but usually a …

Do Not Fall for “Do Not Call” Scam

Posted on 10/10/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsPerhaps the last nuisance phone call you might expect is from the very government agency that’s trying to halt them… especially if your phone number is among the 209 million already listed on the National Do Not Call Registry. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter It’s scammers —once again — who are posing as representatives of the Federal Trade Commission or the registry with an offer to enroll a phone number or “confirm” or “renew” an existing listing. …

An End to Robocalls?

Posted on 10/2/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsThe latest weapon in the battle against illegal robocalls is now ready to halt those illegal automated telemarking phone calls at your home… provided your service provider is compatible with the technology it uses. It’s called Nomorobo  – for “no more robo” and it’s free. Launching this week, it’s the brainchild of a software programmer from Long Island who won a contest earlier this year sponsored by Federal Trade Commission and offering $50,000 to the best solution against these annoying automated …

Apps Every Boomer Should Know: A Roundup

Posted on 02/17/2012 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyThe following is a guest post from Suzie Mitchell.  Boomers are lovin their smartphones.  Take a look around a local coffee shop at mid-day and you’ll see throngs of Boomers reading and punching away on them. Check out all of the tables and sometimes you see two or three Boomers together, all on their individual smartphones—doing what we chastise our kids for doing—not talking to each other. “I love my smartphone, my 60 year-old sister-in-law says.  “I use it while …