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Category: Scam Alerts

3 Most Popular Scams Targeting Seniors

From the National Council On Aging Economic Security Blog, by Brandy Bauer. Read the full post here. 1. Beware of Social Security spoofing calls 2. Watch for a new twist on the old grandparent scam 3. Only work with reputable agencies after a natural disaster

Genetic Testing Fraud

Genetic testing scams target seniors and professionals The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) has seen a significant increase in complaints regarding genetic testing within the last year. The schemes range from complex kickback arrangements to criminals whose only goal is identity theft. Most states have reported these schemes, noting that health fairs, senior centers and apartments, … Continued

Social Security is NOT Trying to Take Your Benefits

The Federal Trade Commission warns of a new “Imposter Scam” in their blog, posted on September 13, 2019. In this commonly reported scam, an automated message warns that your benefits are about to end. (Listen to the message by clicking here.)   Do not press 1.  Simply hang up.    Learn More About Social Security Fraud … Continued

Beware of Utility Scammers

The following warning comes from the Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS). Read more about this scam in the  Boston Globe Yvonne Abraham column from 4/13/19. THE MAIN POINT (What you should know) If someone claiming to be an energy company representative calls you, shows up at your door, or approaches you in a store parking … Continued

Social Security Warns Public About Caller ID “Spoofing”

In recent months, Social Security has issued several warnings about new phone call scams. The calls often display a caller ID of 1-800-772-1213 which is the real Social Security Customer Service number; other calls may display the real Social Security Fraud Hotline number on the caller ID screen.  These calls are scams using caller ID … Continued

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