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Critter Corner: Beware of COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

Dear Angel, My sister got a call telling her that she was exposed to COVID-19 and the caller asked her for personal information and $150 to sign her up for a vaccine quicker. She thought it could be a scam, so she hung up, … [Read more...]

How to Scam-Proof Your Life During the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Holiday Season

Q. My neighbor, Kathryn, was the victim of a COVID-19 grandparent scam recently. She was contacted by a criminal who posed as her panicked grandson in need of thousands of dollars quickly for an emergency hospital bill. Of course, … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Steer Clear of these Coronavirus Scams

Dear Angel, My mom is home alone during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. She gets lots of calls that seem suspect. For instance, someone called her trying to sell her face masks and someone else called asking for donations, … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Been the victim of a Social Security Scam? There’s a New Online Form for That!

Dear Magic, My mother was the victim of a Social Security scam. I told her she should report it, but whenever she tries, she is on hold for what seems like forever. Is there another way? Thanks, Ree Portit --- Dear … [Read more...]

Telehealth Scams are on the Rise: How Not to Fall Prey

This past winter, John Ernest got a call that showed up on his caller ID as being from "Medicare," asking if his father, Dean, who lived in a nursing home at the time, needed a free orthotic brace for pain. John knew that Medicare … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How to Avoid Being a Victim of a Social Security Scam

Dear Ribbit, I heard that there has been an upsurge in Social Security scams lately. What are they about and how can I avoid them?  Thanks! Lee Vameealone --- Dear Lee, You are correct. The Social Security … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Scams Targeting Veterans and What to Do

Dear Magic, I have read that scams targeting veterans are pretty prevalent, and that is so unfortunate. Can you tell me what types of scams they are, so I can warn my dad? Thanks for your help! Nomar Scamms --- Dear … [Read more...]

Internet Scams Targeting the Elderly

Q. My Aunt Julie was recently the victim of tax-related fraud. She explained what happened and I knew right away that it was a scam targeting the elderly. Someone claiming to be from the IRS called her and told her that she owed … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Scam Targeting Tax Refunds

Dear Bebe, I read something about a scam where computers belonging to tax preparers are being breached, people are getting fake refunds deposited into their accounts, and then being asked to return the money to scam artists. … [Read more...]

Watch Out for These Scams During Medicare Open Enrollment!

Joanna received a call last week from a man claiming to be from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Joanna was told that she was entitled to money back because of "changes” that were made by Medicare. The man on … [Read more...]

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