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Be on the Lookout for Senior Financial Scams

Financial scams are an unfortunate fact of life. While no one is immune from them, seniors can be especially vulnerable. Many scammers target seniors, assuming they are not tech savvy or that they have high balances sitting in checking and savings accounts. In fact, a recent report from AIG Life and Retirement reveals senior citizens in the U.S. lo...


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New Twists on Old Financial Scams

While it’s true financial scams and fraud  happen throughout the year, scammers are especially active during the holiday season because they know people are busy and feeling stressed, which leaves them vulnerable to being caught off guard. Fortunately, it’s easy to spot a scam if you stay on guard and know what to look for. Here are some of...


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Steer Clear of Gift Card Scams

With gift cards once again topping the list of most-requested holiday gifts, there’s a good chance you’ll be shopping for at least one of them this holiday season. Unfortunately, gift cards have become very popular with scammers and thieves as well. Here are some ways you can avoid gift card scams and help ensure the recipient of the gift card ...


Protecting Seniors from Identity Theft

Identify theft is an unfortunate reality of our times, and seniors can be especially vulnerable to this life-altering crime. If you’re a senior yourself or are helping care for an elderly friend or family member, there are a number of things you can do to protect personal information from falling into the hands of the wrong people.  Minimize M...


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How to Handle the Home Depot Data Breach

If news of the Home Depot data breach has you worried about the security of your personal and banking information, you're not alone. The nation's largest home improvement retailer estimates the account information of more than 56-million customers may have been compromised. If you shopped at a Home Depot store between April and September of this y...


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Learn How to Haggle and Save Big

Whether referred to as haggling, bargaining or negotiating, there was a time when a buyer and a seller working out what both agreed was a fair price was commonplace in American commerce. But over time, the process died out and was replaced by a fixed-price model where consumers pay the listed price for just about everything. Buying a vehicle or a h...


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Are You Committing Coupon Fraud?

The popularity of the television show ‘Extreme Couponing’ has created an unprecedented level of interest in using coupons to save money. Those highlighted on the show use extreme measures to save tremendous amounts of money and often stockpile canned and boxed food, health and beauty products, and household items.               ...


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How to Avoid Holiday Scams

Financial scams tend to pop up more around the holidays. Consumers are busy, buying lots of goods and more than willing to shell out extra cash for those in need. While generosity is the theme of the season, it’s vital consumers use caution when donating to a charity. To help you stay alert and financially secure, we’ve compiled a list to help ...


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Signs of Housing Scams & Fraud

When the housing bubble burst in 2007, a slew of scam artists started targeting homeowners facing foreclosure. It quickly became difficult to sort the real help from false hopes. Consumers around the country were scammed out of thousands of dollars, and even their homes. It’s important to know that legitimate help is widely available. The U.S....