Category: Safety

Elder Fraud Sweep & Fraud Hotline

This year, prosecutors charged more than 400 defendants, far surpassing the 260 defendants charged in cases as part of last year’s sweep. In each case, offenders allegedly engaged in financial schemes that targeted or largely affected seniors. In total, the charged elder fraud schemes caused alleged losses of over a billion dollars.

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Technical Difficulties

When I visit my mother, I notice that she defers to the old movie channels on regular TV. She admitted that she forgets the process of pulling up apps like Netflix, so my next step was to write the process down in the spiral notebook that she keeps next to her recliner. She told me later that she simply prefers the older movie channels, which is fine because I like them too, but I make sure she remembers my notes, just in case.

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Beware the Smishers!

Just when we got our heads around phishing, skimmers and a host of other scams, a new one pops up—smishing, or SMS phishing—disguised as a FedEx package-delivery text.

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Check on Charities before Donating your Dollars

Still, this is a time when charities kick-start their efforts towards the new year’s goals. Along with those charities come the charity scams, those less than lovable parasites seeking to rid you of your meager earnings, consisting of what’s left over from your holiday budget.

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Personal Safety: Shop Wisely

By default, the last thing on your mind is security. That said, why load you up with a couple of dozen crime prevention tips when most will never see the light of day? Instead, let’s go with a short checklist.

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Personal Safety: Keep It Private

When I was a detective, we had our regulars, comprised of conspiracy theorists warning us of everything from aliens to the ever-popular government spying conspiracy. Here we are, some 30 years later, and some of those concerns have actually evolved. I recently read an article in USA Today, addressing privacy and some tricks you can use. These are designed for those of us who are already “out there” in cyber-land. Protect your privacy.

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Personal Safety: The Levels of Security

You can control only what is controllable. You cannot control a crook’s decision to select, for instance, your residential community, be it apartments, condominiums or single-family homes, but you can control his decision to bypass your house by creating a first impression.

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The Top Ten Financial Frauds to Avoid

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) recently published a Top 10 financial frauds list — something that should not surprise anyone who gives any attention to his or her investments, retirement accounts and other income sources after leaving the workforce. The perception is that older adults have a good nest egg in their accounts and therefore, they become targets.

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