Elder Scams and Alerts

  • INFOGRAPHIC: Elder Financial Abuse Scams

     INFOGRAPHIC: Elder Financial Abuse Scams

    1-in-5 people over the age of 65 will report being a victim of fraud or abuse this year. Because older Americans have worked and saved longer than their younger counterparts, they naturally hold a much larger share of the nation’s wealth. Scammers are all too familiar with these statistics and are constantly developing new strategies…

  • The Five Most Common Medicare Scams

     The Five Most Common Medicare Scams

    Switching plans is a must.  No! Experts suggest that checking out your options each year is the best way to make sure you have the best plan for you. You are allowed to stay with your current plan and opt to make no changes. Medicare is changing cards. No! If you are approached by someone…

  • Common Medicare Scams and How to Protect Yourself

     Common Medicare Scams and How to Protect Yourself

    It’s important to know what to watch for during open enrollment, when the nation’s 55 million Medicare recipients have the opportunity to change their Medicare Advantage and Part D plans. In addition to the challenge of going through the many plan options, experts say Medicare open enrollment is prime time for scam artists. Here are a…

  • Tips for Avoiding Telemarketing Fraud

     Tips for Avoiding Telemarketing Fraud

    If you hear these-or similar- “lines” from a telephone salesperson, just say “no thank you,” and hang up the telephone: “You’ve won a free gift, vacation, or prize.” But you have to pay for “postage and handling” or other charges.   “You must act now, or the offer won’t be good.”   “You must send…

  • Tips for Avoiding Healthcare Fraud or Health Insurance Fraud

     Tips for Avoiding Healthcare Fraud or Health Insurance Fraud

    Never sign blank insurance claim forms. Never give blanket authorization to a medical provider to bill for services rendered. Ask your medical providers what they will charge and what you will be expected to pay out-of-pocket. Carefully review your insurer’s explanation of the benefits statement. Call your insurer and provider if you have questions. Do…

  • 10 Tips to Protect Against Cemetery or Funeral Scams

     10 Tips to Protect Against Cemetery or Funeral Scams

    Most people would rather not think about funerals — whether it be their own or that of an elderly loved one. Yet knowing about funeral scams can save you and your family from added heartache during an already emotionally charged time. In 1984, the Federal Trade Commission established the Funeral Rule, which is designed to…

  • 10 Tips to Avoid Identity Theft

     10 Tips to Avoid Identity Theft

    According to the Bureau of Justice, over 3 million elderly Americans have their identity stolen by predators each year. Unfortunately, as long as there have been identity thieves, seniors have always been their preferred target. The elderly are often socially isolated, tend to be trusting and vulnerable, lonely, and may have early dementia or memory…

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