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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 …

Rent to Own? It Could Cost You Big Time

Posted on 11/14/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsAs the holiday shopping season gets under way, you may be tempted to buy that fancy flat-screen TV, a laptop with the latest technologies or a stylish sofa to replace the one your cat uses as a scratching post. (I’m talking to you, Indy). To pay for that big-ticket item, you may be tempted by rent-to-own deals in department stores that now offer them, like Kmart and Sears, according to a Bloomberg report. , rent-to-own deals usually take advantage of …

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 …

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, …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 10/16/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1. Scientists have built the world’s first bionic man. (Learn more at Today.com) 2. The U.S. Postal Service won’t issue stamps it’s already printed to promote the government’s “Let’s Move” campaign because some depict kids doing things that may not be safe. (Learn more at New York Times) 3. An Oxford University researcher who led a study of kissing is “still not exactly sure why it is so widespread or what purpose it serves.” (Learn more …