Category Archives: The Seniors Center Blog

The Seniors Center introduces TheSeniorsCenter.blog in this morning’s press release

This morning, The Seniors Center officially introduced TheSeniorsCenter.blog as part of our ongoing efforts to inform American seniors and help them protect their financial health.

Senior financial fraud is a problem that only seems to be getting worse with time.  In many ways, law enforcement, seniors advocacy groups, and financial institutions are only just beginning to recognize the extensive reach of this fraud and develop strategies to combat the scammers and keep seniors safe.

It’s estimated senior financial abuse victims lose as much as $30,000 to scam artists.  This is particularly devastating to the majority of seniors relying mostly or totally on low Social Security payments to get by.

In fighting to protect Social Security from the “borrow”-and-spend crowd in Washington, it’s also important we address a steadily worsening raid on benefits from another source: senior scammers.

To read the full press release and statements from our President, Dan Perrin, click right here.

And to learn more about senior financial abuse, how to recognize it, and what you can do to stop it, check out The Seniors Center Blog.

 

The Seniors Center Blog: when should I give someone my Social Security number?

There’s been a lot of talk about privacy, financial security, and Social Security numbers lately–and with good reason. Though it was by no means the first of such breaches, the massive data leak at Equifax over the summer shoved the worsening issue of identity theft and cyber crime into the spotlight.  Many Americans who previously… Continue Reading

The Seniors Center Blog: senior scammers steal over $36 billion each year

If you ever thought the term “silent epidemic” was a little overkill: it’s not. That’s the term financial experts and seniors advocates use when they talk about the ever-increasing problem of senior financial exploitation.  “Silent” because it often goes unreported, unrecognized, and ignored, and “epidemic” because reports in recent years are showing thieves are making… Continue Reading

The Seniors Center Blog: The CDC formally dubs senior financial abuse a public health concern

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is world-renowned for its research and efforts fighting the spread of infectious disease at home and abroad. And although most of us probably associate the organization with the containment and eradication of dangerous bacteria and viruses, its reach goes much farther than keeping coughs, sniffles, and high… Continue Reading

The Seniors Center Blog: here’s how seniors can protect their identities and their Social Security after the Equifax breach

We don’t want to make you panic, but it is extremely important that seniors–and especially Social Security beneficiaries and Medicare recipients–keep a watchful eye over all matters financial over the next several months, and perhaps well into the future. Older Americans have always been especially vulnerable to identity thieves, but even more so after the… Continue Reading