BBB Scam Alert: This New Impostor Scam Targets Student Loan Holders

Scammers wasted no time capitalizing on the Biden Administration’s plan to cancel some federal student loan debt, as BBB predicted. BBB Scam Tracker has already received reports from consumers who have been targeted by impostor loan forgiveness calls and emails. (Read More)

Free COVID Test Scam Targets People on Medicare

Scammers have been targeting Medicare recipients with a fake offer to get “free COVID tests.” They’re calling and running websites, online and television ads to try to convince people to give their Medicare information. But if you give them your information, they’ll bill fraudulent charges to Medicare. (Read More)

9 Signs of a Social Security Impostor Scam

Last summer, an older American in Peabody, Massachusetts, got surprising news in the mail: Their Social Security benefits were going up by $240 a month because of a cost-of-living increase. But the letter was phonier than a $3 bill. (Read More)

Is that Health Insurance, a Health Product or a Scam?

Looking for health insurance can be confusing. But if you run across a company that deliberately tricks you into signing up for insurance or health products that don’t deliver (and are hard to cancel), it’s even harder.  According to the FTC, Benefytt Technologies, Inc. and its partners did just that — tricking people into believing they couldContinue reading “Is that Health Insurance, a Health Product or a Scam?”

Protecting Older Adults from Scams, Abuse

Like many of us, older adults are often targeted by con artists. Many victims don’t ask for help until it is too late! Help your friends, family, clients, or patients avoid fraud by knowing the signs of current or impending fraud. (Read More)

Government Impostor Scams on the Rise

Say what you will about Washington politics, but older Americans generally still trust many of the federal government’s agencies and operations. Unfortunately, crooks know this. The AARP Fraud Watch Network has been inundated with calls about scams involving someone impersonating an IRS agent, Medicare official, Social Security Administration officer, FBI agent or other government worker.Continue reading “Government Impostor Scams on the Rise”

Don’t Click on that Random Text. It’s a Scam

Sorry to burst your bubble. That unexpected text from the Postal Service (USPS), Costco, or The Home Depot telling you about an unclaimed package or a survey you can complete to claim a freebie is NOT from them. It’s a scam. (Read More)

5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Medicare Fraud

Medicare fraud is big business, and like most businesses, it has adapted to the new environment of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The public health emergency created an opportunity for fraudsters to modify and repurpose existing schemes,” a spokesperson for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, said in an email. CMS has seen badContinue reading “5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Medicare Fraud”

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