Money

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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My relatives fell for this new scam. Will you?

By Ismat Mangla I recently learned about a nasty new scam making the rounds while visiting older relatives in Michigan during the holidays. Last October, my family members received a phone call from a company dubbed Utility Savings Expert, whose website (utilitysavingsexpert.net) features the tagline We are here to help you, but omits the second half…

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