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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 …

Another AARP Spoofing Scam Surfaces

Posted on 07/25/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & Savings | TechnologyRobocalls continue to falsely claim that AARP is providing “free” medical alert devices (I got one just yesterday, with a displayed caller ID number belonging to a local swim club), and now there’s a new ruse faking the AARP name. This time, live representatives claim to be calling on behalf of “AARP Member Advantages,” asking you to “verify” personal information based on the lie that it’s a requirement of the U.S. government if you want to continue participating in AARP-related services …

Beware of Fake Funeral Notices

Posted on 02/13/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsWith the latest malware campaign aimed at hijacking sensitive computer files and online accounts, scammers have sunk to a new low — specifically, six feet under. Cybercrooks are emailing fake funeral notifications. Stealing the names and logos of legitimate funeral homes, they appear to be an e-invite to a funeral or remembrance service for an unnamed friend or acquaintance. The gotcha is a link, alleged to provide details about the “upcoming celebration of your friend’s life service.” Click it and “instead …

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 …

A New Gas Station Gotcha: ‘Sliding’

Posted on 08/16/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsAs if the price of gasoline isn’t bad enough, there’s a new form of off-the-highway robbery: The theft of valuables from inside your car as you fill your gas tank. Police call it “sliding” and report a recent wave of incidents across the country. Although not an actual scam, it sure feels like one. As you fuel your car — likely watching the ever-increasing tally on the pump —  thieves casually “slide” in from the other side to snatch purses, …