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California wildfires, winter storms in Texas and Colorado, tornadoes in Alabama – natural disasters are bad enough but utility scams make things even worse. Desperate homeowners with no power, phone or gas lines are prey to scammers impersonating utility representatives. They trick the unsuspecting – especially seniors – by phone, text, email and even by
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For many people, taking part in clinical trials or research studies can be a way to help advance science or cures, get free medical tests, and make some cash on the side. The race to find an effective COVID-19 treatment and vaccine increased the number of research studies.  However, a recent report from the FTC,
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From time to time, Senior Planet reaches out to expert sources at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and offers their information to our readers, such as this article, below.  Visit the FTC website for this article as well as others from the FTC archives. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. It’s also the greatest
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We all worry about online security these days because so much of our lives are conducted on the internet.  The war between hackers and security experts is ongoing, with no one side declaring victory yet.  Luckily, we consumers have some smart security wonks on our side and they came up with a simple, almost foolproof,
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On the anniversary of September 11, it’s wise to remember everyone we lost….and to stay alert to scamsters who try to profit off such tragedies. Here’s some advice from the Federal Trade Commission. Whether you’re getting ready to deal with the aftermath of Gulf Coast storms, Laura and Marco, dealing with the ravages of wildfires
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Most people have already gotten their economic stimulus payments, but the Internal Revenue Service is still sending them out. If you haven’t gotten yours yet or have questions about it, the IRS has a number you can call to get answers to common questions. But the IRS won’t be calling you. Scammers pretending to be
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It’s a shame when dishonest people try to cash in to exploit a disaster. Watch out for these COVID-19 scams, and read our tips on how to protect yourself from being cheated.  Scammers “Phish” for victims by sending emails that seem to be from a legitimate source; they ask you to click a link, solicit
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It’s taxtime, and scammers are working overtime to trick you into sending them your dough. Here are some quick tips from the experts: [embedded content] Other scammers try to trick you by threatening your Social Security benefits… [embedded content] The FTC has some info (link here) on scams that fake tax returns made in your
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It’s great to save cash on a new phone by trading in your old one.  But before you do, the Federal Trade Commission has a four step plan to keep your data and information safe. If you’re thinking about upgrading to a new phone, make sure you remove your personal information before you trade it
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Most people are familiar with phone scams through the occasional local news item that highlights a warning from law enforcement or perhaps the victim’s own sad story about losing their life savings. The BeenVerified Phone Spam Complaint Monitor sought to analyze these calls at a national level to identify the most common types of phone
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If your cell phone is your go-to device for checking your email, paying your bills, or posting to social media, you’re not alone. So imagine that your cell phone suddenly stops working: no data, no text messages, no phone calls. Then picture getting an unexpected notification from your cellular provider that your SIM card has
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