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A common complaint received by police departments relates to shoppers being offered a “rewards card” when they make a purchase. In return, the shopper is offered an instant discount on their purchase. Beware! Along with the discount offer, you may also be signing up for a store credit card, for which the clerk may earn […]

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Scam Call Red Flags

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If you EVER get a call from someone asking you to pay for back taxes (IRS), bail money, debts, utility bills or cable bills with an Amazon gift cards, an iTunes gift card, PayPal, or reloadable cards like Money-Pak, Reloadit, Vanilla, or by money transfers through services like Western Union or MoneyGram…think twice…this is a […]

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Protect Yourself From Scams

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Listed below are some of the most common scams perpetrated against older persons. Please familiarize yourself with these schemes to protect your finances:

IRS Scam Calls – A scam artist who claims to represent the IRS says that you owe back taxes. Money must be paid immediately with a prepaid debit card or wire transfer […]

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One-Ring Cell Phone Scam

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If you are a cell phone user, you should be aware of a new scam that can result in unauthorized charges on your monthly statements.

How The Scam Works
Scammers program their computers to send thousands of calls to random cell phone numbers. The victim’s phone rings once and then disconnects before the call […]

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False Income Tax Return Scam

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You receive an email that appears to be an official communication from the IRS. The email states that you are entitled to a tax refund and asks you to confirm personal information in order to process the refund. You are instructed to click on a link in the email, which then takes you to an […]

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Social Security Benefits Scams

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Social Security Benefits Scams

The Social Security Administration warns beneficiaries to be extra cautious about a number of common scams. These scams involve criminals who impersonate Social Security workers or companies, so that they can obtain Social Security numbers and other personal information. These scammers will try to reach you via direct mail, phone calls, […]

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Utility Billing Scams

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The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) reminds utility customers in Illinois to beware of a scam in which someone claiming to be a utility employee asks for immediate payment of a bill either at a customer’s door, over the telephone or by email.

The ICC has received complaints about scammers claiming to be utility representatives, telling […]

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Beware of Current Scams

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Identity Theft – a new scam to obtain personal information

Banks issue new debit and credit cards with embedded computer chips in an attempt to protect consumers. Scammers are using this as an opportunity to garner personal information from victims. You receive an email, seemingly from your bank, informing you that you will soon be […]

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Beware of Prize Scams

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You have just won $5,000! Or $5 million. Or maybe it is a fabulous diamond ring or luxury vacation? More likely, it is a prize scam, and you will find the prize is not worth much, if you get a prize at all. Here’s one way to think about it: If you have to pay, […]

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The Do Not Call Registry was created by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to limit the telemarketing calls you receive. Once you register any and all telephone numbers, calls from telemarketers are blocked. Some exceptions exist such as calls from organizations with which you have established a business relationship with and calls for which you […]

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Consumer fraud is one of the most common crimes perpetrated against older persons. A discussion about crimes such as identity theft, financial exploitation and other scams is presented on the Vintage Times, a local cable television program for senior citizens.

Eric Salcido of the Attorney General’s office discusses typical financial frauds and scams and […]

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