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Avoiding Scams Following a Natural Disaster

May 31, 2019

Unfortunately, there are criminals who like to take advantage of others' misfortune, even after a natural disaster. This article includes tips to help you avoid being a victim, and provides additional resources to help you protect yourself....read more

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Avoiding Charity Scams

May 24, 2019 | Money Smart for Older Adults/FDIC.gov

If you are considering a request for a donation to a charity, do some research before you give. By finding out as much as you can about the charity, you can avoid...read more

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Phantom Debt Collection Scam

May 17, 2019

Scam debt collectors try to trick their victims into paying a debt that doesn’t exist. These phony debt collectors often contact older adults by phone...read more

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Computer & Internet Scams

May 14, 2019 | Money Smart for Older Adults FDIC.gov

Phishing and spoofing scams can dupe older adults into giving out their personal financial information. Phishing scammers create...read more

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Avoiding Telephone and Internet Scams

May 10, 2019 | Money Smart for Older Adults/ FDIC.gov

Older adults are increasingly the targets of scam artists on the telephone who...read more

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Investment Fraud

May 3, 2019 | Money Smart for Older Adults/ FDIC.gov

Investment Fraud (also known as Securities Fraud) is a term that covers a wide range of illegal activities involving the...read more

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Identity Theft

April 28, 2019 | Money Smart for Older Adults/ FDIC.gov

Identity theft occurs when thieves steal your personal information (e.g., your Social Security number (SSN), birth date, credit card numbers, personal identification numbers (PINs) or passwords). With sufficient...read more

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Exploitation by Caregivers and In-Home Helpers

April 26, 2019 | Money Smart for Older Adults/FDIC.gov

Unfortunately elder financial exploitation is often perpetrated by family members and other caregivers, and often...read more

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Elder Financial Exploitation

April 19, 2019 | Money Smart for Older Adults/FDIC.gov

The Older Americans Act defines elder financial exploitation quite broadly, as “the fraudulent or otherwise illegal, unauthorized, or improper act or process of an individual, including a caregiver or...read more

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Share Your Information with Care

April 12, 2019

It’s easy to find any information you need in today’s connected world. Have you ever Googled yourself? A search...read more

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How to Spot and Avoid Common Scams

March 11, 2019

Have you ever gotten an email from someone claiming to be royalty? In their email they tell you that they will inherit millions of dollars, but need your...read more

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Avoiding Vishing Scams

December 4, 2018

As long as people have money, there will be criminals devising new ways to take it. As consumers are becoming more knowledgeable about “phishing” attempts, some scammers...read more

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Identifying Phishing Emails

September 26, 2018

When a scammer uses fraudulent emails, texts, or copycat websites to get you to share your personal information, it’s called phishing....read more

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ATM Skimmers

September 25, 2018

In order to steal your debit/credit card information, thieves install electronic devices (“skimmers”) over the normal card reading slot of an ATM/point-of-sale (POS) machine. The skimmers record data from the magnetic strip on the back of the card which can then be used to manufacture counterfeit cards, make purchases, or withdraw funds from your account....read more

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Prevent Identity Theft

September 25, 2018

Identity theft is a crime where personal information, such as your social security number (SSN), is used to commit fraud. The thief can use the information to apply for credit, file taxes, or get medical services....read more