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...]

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...]

Critter Corner: Financial Scams Targeting Seniors 

Dear Ribbit,  My sister lives alone, and she is a very trusting person. I am constantly afraid someone will take advantage of her. Do you know what some of the common scams that are targeting seniors today are, so I can tell … [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...]