Need extra tickets? Watch out for crooks
Jun29

Need extra tickets? Watch out for crooks

by Sheryl Reichert Summer’s warmer weather means fun times, such as sold-out outdoor concerts and sporting events. Unfortunately, buying counterfeit tickets from a stranger could ruin your plans for a full-filled evening. If you’re the victim of a scam, the tickets you purchased may never arrive or they may turn out to be fakes. Ticket scams can happen either from purchases made online or from a third-party seller, such as a ticket...

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Scams will come at worst time, when spouse dies
Jun29

Scams will come at worst time, when spouse dies

by Sheryl Reichert It can be one of the worst times in life. When a spouse dies, it’s stressful and life can be overwhelming for the survivors. There’s so much to think about and adjust to. Grief can easily cloud your thinking. After dealing with immediate details, such as obtaining copies of the death certificate and locating financial and legal documents, it’s best not to rush into any big financial decisions. Take it slow and...

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Beware of scams that offer to lower property taxes
Jun29

Beware of scams that offer to lower property taxes

by Sheryl Reichert Everyone wants lower property taxes. However, soon after receiving your property tax assessments in the mail, watch out. Scammers may be close behind, posing as government agencies. They will guarantee to lower your property taxes by disputing your assessment for a fee. The truth is, in many cases, you can challenge your property assessment on your own, free of charge. Often, the letter in the mail looks like it’s...

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Jamaican lotto scam can dupe victims
Jun29

Jamaican lotto scam can dupe victims

by Sheryl Reichert Ring, ring. You get a call from a number starting with area code 876. The caller announces that you’ve won the “Mega Millions Jamaican Lottery.” Don’t worry about collecting your winnings from overseas, assures the “lottery official,” who also might identify themselves as a lawyer or customs official. Since you are a winner, you need only to pay fees for shipping, insurance, customs duties or taxes before you...

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Don’t get hooked by phishing scams
Jun29

Don’t get hooked by phishing scams

by Sheryl Reichert The Internet has become the place for “information highway robbery.” Phishing scams are phony and fraudulent emails with virus-laden attachments that should never be opened. Cyber criminals are the ones who are phishing (pronounced as “fishing”), and the victims are unsuspecting computer users in danger of having their identity stolen and bank account emptied. Phishing emails will appear legitimate and will...

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Scams even target the terminally ill
Jun29

Scams even target the terminally ill

by Sheryl Reichert It is a despicable scam. Relatives of people who are terminally ill should be on the lookout for scams targeting weak or frail loved ones during their final days on earth. Scams targeting the terminally ill often consist of stealing identities in order to fraudulently obtain money from insurance and bond companies. The scam requires lying to terminally ill individuals and their loved ones, as well as misusing...

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