5 Pet Scams You Need to Know

Posted on 06/13/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsThe dog days of summer go beyond just rising temperatures — at least for pet lovers. Pet scams are also heating up, and here’s what you should know about the most common schemes: Dognapping Born during the economic downturn of recent years, dognapping involves stealing dogs from unattended backyards and cars — and, more commonly, even in the company of their owners. Some are then held for ransom. In one recent well-publicized case, surveillance video captured a dognapping in progress at …

Beware of Grandparents Scam…Again

Posted on 07/19/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsSummer is prime time for scammers to come knocking at your front door — from home repair hucksters to magazine-selling malefactors. But being the height of travel season, the Better Business Bureau warns, it’s also ripe for the “Family Emergency Scam” — also known as the “Grandparent Scam,” named for its primary targets … and victims. In this ruse, scammers posing as family members — typically grandchildren —  telephone you claiming to have been arrested or hurt while traveling abroad. …