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To Avoid Shelter Skelter, Beware of Property Tax Reassessment Offers

Posted on 07/11/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsFor many homeowners, property tax bills are mailed in July or August. So now’s the time to watch out for an annual come-on that can ding your bank account: offers to help you pay less in property taxes by getting a property reassessment. Before you bite, know how you can get bitten. First, realize how these offers work: Private companies simply charge $200 or more for what you can do yourself, often for free — filing paperwork at the local …

Summer’s Bummer: Event Ticket Scams

Posted on 06/27/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsNearly 5 million people a year pay for tickets to concerts, sporting events and theme parks that prove to be fakes. And it’s not just “scalpers” hawking outside at the gate who should be avoided. (They collect more than $4 million per month in such bogus sales.) Increasingly, ticket trickery results when you buy from classified ads on Craigslist, eBay or on ticket-selling websites that appear to be legitimate but are anything but. So let the buyer beware — and …

Man’s Best Friend Used in Pet Scams

Posted on 06/14/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Money & SavingsThe following Scam Alert is a guest post by Sid Kirchheimer: Just in time for the dog days of summer comes the latest scam to hit the Web: “Pet-flipping.” Crooks are using Craigslist to sell — usually to unsuspecting new families — beloved household pets that are lost or have been stolen, sometimes from the families’ own backyards. In some cases, rightful owners see ads for their MIA mutts on that website, but scammers ignore their pleas (and rewards) for …

Don’t Get Strong-Armed in a Moving Scam

Posted on 06/7/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Money & SavingsThe following Scam Alert is a guest post by Sid Kirchheimer: Summer is peak moving season, with an estimated two-thirds of all moves occurring between now through the end of August. It’s also prime time for moving scams — and “strong-arming” involves more than a carrier’s biceps. Many of the 9,300 complaints filed against moving companies last year  with the Better Business Bureau were for alleged sloppy service — lost or broken merchandise, late deliveries and the like. But add …

Scam Alert: If It’s Misspelled, Is It From a Scammer?

Posted on 05/31/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsThe following is a guest post by Sid Kirchheimer: Scammers have never been known for their spelling ability. And a glance at your email inbox might provide the most recent evidence. Maybe you received mail in the last week claiming to be from Walmart.com — but spelled “Wallmart.” That phony confirmation for a $900 TV purchase is actually a ruse intended to trick you into disclosing personal information, Walmart officials warn. (And this week, a similar fake — albeit, properly …