Money

Veterans, are you missing out?

Every year, millions of senior veterans miss out on a benefit that could help them pay for much needed care. It’s called Aid & Attendance (A&A), and for qualifying veterans and their families, it can go a long way toward paying for the cost of an assisted living community or nursing home, or even pay…

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Tech can turn an extra room into extra $$

When Irene Carr-Zalusky and her husband Paul moved to San Diego 15 years ago, they found a property with a cottage in the backyard that made a perfect “mother-in-law” suite for her aging parents. But her parents eventually moved to Washington State to live with another sister.  When Irene retired in 2017, it occurred to…

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Free Credit Freezes

As of late September, you can get free credit freezes and year-long fraud alerts, thanks to a new federal law. Here’s what you should know: Free credit freezes Security freezes, also known as credit freezes, restrict access to your credit file, making it harder for identity thieves to open new accounts in your name. Starting…

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Advance planning for your online life

Today’s seniors are more digitally connected than ever, with some estimating that as many as 34 % of Americans (65 and above) use social networking sites. From ordering food online to digitally transferring money, these apps have our personal and financial data stored online. It’s vital to take measures to secure personal data to ensure…

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You may have already won…a scam

It sounds terrific.  You’ve won a large cash prize and the money’s yours once you pre-pay the taxes. Or someone overpaid you for something you sold online.  Or you signed up for a ‘mystery shopper” gig and got paid more than you were owed due to a ‘bookkeeping error.”  Or you just got a job…

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Three views on financial planning

Retirees and those facing retirement probably spend more time thinking about money than any other time in their lives.  Some choose to go it alone, others look for a financial planner, some pick a middle course with a little of both. Since some experts predict that more older people will file for bankruptcy (one story about…

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Vacation Rental Scams

By Ari Lazarus, FTC Plenty of us are still running around trying to book a last-minute vacation rental. If that’s you, here’s what you need to know: scammers are ready with fake vacation rental ads. Rental scammers try to get your rental booking and take your money. But, when you show up for the vacation,…

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New Scams on the horizon

According to the FBI statistics, adults aged 60 or more years lost more than $342 million as victims of internet scams in 2017; the statistic was part of the “2017 Internet Crime Report” released by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. Senior Planet is running this update to alert our members, courtesy of Experian.    What…

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Scam-Alert

Is it time to get a Background Check?

Background checks aren’t just for gun owners. Scamsters abound, online and offline, and it’s difficult to measure the impact because victims are too embarrassed to go to the authorities. Professional scammers will use personal information that they have obtained to gain the victim’s trust, or present themselves  with a completely fake personal or professional history.…

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FTC says Taxtime is scamtime

They’re at it again… tax scammers scheming new ways to steal personal information and money. In the first scenario, identity thieves file a fake tax return and have the refund deposited into your bank account. The thieves then contact you, often by phone, and — posing as the IRS or debt collectors for the IRS…

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