Category Archives: Fraud Alert

The Seniors Center Blog: the FTC shows us the surefire way to sniff out a scammer

We all like to think we’re nobody’s fools, but that kind of self-assurance is often our downfall.  It never hurts to be too careful when someone calls you up and starts pressuring you into giving him money–even if it does sound halfway plausible.

But even the most wary of us can still easily fall prey to scammers–after all, if they weren’t good at it, they probably wouldn’t be doing it.

Luckily, the Federal Trade Commission gives us one crucial tip for separating the fact from the fraud, no matter how good (or how threatening) the the offer sounds.

Over at The Seniors Center Blog, we’re talking about one of the most effective ways to recognize a scammer.

Is this a scam? Pay attention to way someone asks you to pay

Kentucky lawyer pulls off $550 million disability con–the largest Social Security fraud in U.S. history

Kentucky lawyer pulls off 0 million disability con–the largest Social Security fraud in U.S. history In 2010, small town Kentucky lawyer Eric Conn was the third-highest-earning disability lawyer in the United States, winning $3.9 million for his clients in their disability claims against the Social Security Administration. By all appearances, Conn was a virtuoso. He… Continue Reading

Brace yourself: popular health scam promises free medical equipment and fraudulently bills your Medicare

Brace yourself: popular health scam promises free medical equipment and fraudulently bills your Medicare It can happen a few different ways: you might be contacted via a phone call, you might receive a notice or postcard in the mail, or you may choose to contact the individual yourself after seeing an ad in your local… Continue Reading

“Just Hang Up”: Dan Rather Reports investigates the devastating impact of lottery and sweepstakes scams on seniors

“Just Hang Up”: Dan Rather Reports investigates the devastating impact of lottery and sweepstakes scams on seniors They say “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” But saying something isn’t all that hard to do. In theory, if a stranger reaches out to you and offers you the moon and stars… Continue Reading

The Seniors Center President Dan Perrin speaks out against abusive “guardianships” and calls for greater protection for seniors

The Seniors Center is spreading the word about an alarming trend: so-called “guardians” exploiting and abusing their senior wards, liquidating their assets, blowing through their savings and bank accounts, and even denying them access to their own families. All these crooks have to do is attend a short orientation and complete a series of classes.… Continue Reading