As Medicare Rolls Out New Cards, Fraudsters Roll Out New Scams

If you are one of America’s 55 million Medicare beneficiaries (or, if someone in your life is), you need to know about a big, POSITIVE change coming. Starting this month, the U.S. government is mailing out new Medicare cards that have been redesigned to help prevent identity theft. New enrollees will be among the first to get the cards. Current enrollees will get theirs over the next year. The biggest change you’ll notice is that your Social Security number will …

AARP Launches Podcast Series: ‘The Perfect Scam’

Last week, AARP announced the launch of “The Perfect Scam”, a weekly podcast profiling America’s most shocking consumer scam stories. View AARP’s release for more details on the launch, host bios and creation of the podcast series. Check out the 12-episode series, including the first segment below. Episode 1: The Grandparent Scam Richard is a retired journalist who receives a call from someone claiming to be his grandson in jail. The young man on the other end of the line …

Protect Yourself From Post-Holiday Scams

The Christmas rush may be over, but don’t expect crooks to slow down. What to know about post-holiday hoaxes and ways to protect yourself well into 2018 and beyond:     Don’t let your curbside trash advertise expensive holiday presents. To prevent tipping off would-be burglars that your home has heist-worthy items, cut and place in a covered trash bin those boxes for big-screen televisions, video games and the like, or haul them yourself to a community dumpster or recycling station. …

Credit Scores and Identity Theft: How Each Impacts the Other

Your credit score is the one constant used to determine whether you’re approved for a loan – and to set interest and premium rates for credit cards, homeowners and auto insurance, even deposits for new utility service. But that three-digit score itself may frequently change. It’s typical for your score to fluctuate by a few points, based on spending and payment at any given time, information in your credit report (which is constantly being updated), even the passage of time. …

Wheeling and Dealing on a New Car? Beware of Dealership Stealing

Notice all those recent TV commercials touting a “December to Remember,” “Employee Pricing,” “Year-End Sales Event” and other proclaimed deals on a new set of wheels? That’s because it’s crunch time for dealerships to meet annual sales goals, just as winter weather and (other) holiday shopping can keep consumers off their lots. So now is when manufacturers and dealerships typically offer the year’s deepest discounts and most generous incentives, making December – and particularly its last two weeks – the …

Déjà Vu Deception: These Old Scams Resurface Again

Rerun rip-offs are nothing new; what’s previously worked for scammers will likely be successful again. And that holds especially true for these three longtime (and historically prosperous) ploys that have resurfaced with a vengeance: Jury Duty Scam Going strong for more than a decade, this telephone scheme has scammers posing as court employees or members of law enforcement ranging from local police to U.S. marshals. They say that you failed to appear for mandated jury duty, and as a result …