How to Avoid 3 Scams Following the Massive Equifax Data Breach

Wayne was planning on taking out a home equity loan last year to make his home more accessible for his mother, who was moving in with his family. One of the first things he did was order a credit report from Equifax, Experian, and … [Read more...]

When They Ask if You Can Hear Them, Say “No!”

Q. I think my mother was the victim of a scam. She had some suspect charges on her credit card last month for more than $500, and was quite upset when the bank called and told her that her bank card was compromised, as well. I … [Read more...]

Massive Amount of Romance Scams Target Older Victims

Q. My brother is a disabled older adult living in a group home. He has no assets thathe can access himself, but does have significant assets in a special needs trust with me as the trustee. Recently, he has been asking me for … [Read more...]

One Typo Could Cost You Your Computer

Q. My sister-in-law Janet is always on Facebook. She loves seeing what her children and grandchildren are up to, catching up with old friends, and playing Scrabble. She is a quick typist, and one day, in her haste, she recalls … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Scams to Watch Out For

Dear Angel, As my father is getting older and his dementia is getting worse, I am concerned that he is more susceptible to getting taken advantage of by scammers and con artists. Can you tell me about some of the more recent … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: A New Scam Targeting Victims of Scams

Dear Commander Bun Bun, On Tuesday, I read Mr. Farr's article about the marriage scam, and was upset to see this is happening. I wanted to tell you about another instance in which my grandmother was scammed out of her money, … [Read more...]

Guess What! I’m Getting Married!

When you see a subject line like this one, you may have several different reactions. The first one that comes to mind is happiness for the couple who is planning to share their life together. The second may be shock or even … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Beware of Woodchucks

Dear Angel, The other day a man from a "tree company" came to my door, and pressured me to cut down branches that he said would damage my house in the next big storm. He asked me for payment upfront. When my wife came home, she … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Don’t Become a Victim of Phishing

Dear Commander Bun Bun, I was baking cookies with my mother the other day, when she took a break to check her email. She told me that one of her emails from the bank seemed really important and she thought she should answer … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Protecting My Mother from Scams

Dear Angel, I recently visited my 80-year old mother, who is in the early stages of dementia. I noticed boxes of items that were mailed to her, including tons of magazines about body building and deep sea fishing (both of which … [Read more...]