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Senate Panel Holds Hearing on Scams Aimed at Seniors

Posted on 07/17/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsBy Kristin Keckeisen, Fraud Watch Network campaign manager Finally, some much-needed attention to the long-running grandparent scam. The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on July 16th as part of an ongoing series highlighting fraud’s devastating impact on seniors. Among the witnesses: an 81-year-old Ohio resident who lost more than $7,000 to a con artist impersonating his grandson. The grandparent, or “family emergency,” con is simple — and effective. Scammers troll obituaries and social media sites to glean personal …

Regulators Fine Bank for Overzealous Credit Protection

Posted on 04/15/2014 by |Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsBank of America is the latest major financial institution ordered to refund millions of dollars to consumers who were billed for credit card-related products they never ordered – and likely didn’t even need. Indeed, the credit and identity-theft protections sold by the North Carolina-based bank are things that people can do on their own for little or no money, consumer advocates say. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered the bank last week to return $727 million to nearly 3 million …

Ready for Retirement?

Posted on 07/15/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe following is a guest post by Sam Wilson — AARP Wisconsin State Director ARE YOU READY FOR RETIREMENT? AARP CAN HELP! WATCH AARP LIVE JULY 18, 9PM CT/10PM ET ON RFD-TV In my role as state director for AARP Wisconsin, I’ve learned that retirement means many things to many people, from volunteering to pursuing that dream career, traveling or just spending time gardening. At some point in our working lives, we will probably ask ourselves, “What’s next for me? …

Responsible Solutions That Protect and Preserve Medicare

Posted on 05/13/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThis is a guest post by Sean Voskuhl – State Director, AARP Oklahoma Growing up in rural Oklahoma, I saw first-hand the importance of Medicare.  Finding accessible and affordable health care was always very difficult.  Many folks had no choice but to purchase a catastrophic/high deductible plan, or they relied on a spouse to get coverage by taking a job in town, or they went without health insurance at all. Simply put, most people gambled and prayed, trying to hold …

Think You’re Too Smart to Fall for a Scam? That’s Just What the Con Artists are Counting On!

Posted on 02/18/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsThe following is a guest post from Sarah Jennings – State Director, AARP South Dakota While I don’t claim to be a genius, I’ve always felt that I’m too smart to fall for a scam.  Not so, says my colleague Doug Shadel. You may be familiar with Doug – he’s the AARP State Director for the Washington State Office and a nationally recognized fraud expert. He’s also the author of Outsmarting the Scam Artists: How to Protect Yourself from the …