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Fighting Against Senior Fraud

Carolina Fiduciary Services continues to be on the lookout for ways of containing senior fraud.

You might be interested in the following article by Jenny Gold at Kaiser Health News.

Our advice? Just hang up. If you can retrieve the caller’s phone number, you can report the call to an appropriate source. We can help.

See the article at: http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2013/april/22/insurance-scams.aspx



FTC: Scamming Seniors


Federal Trade Commission
by Nicole Vincent Fleming
Consumer Education Specialist
Scammers use a number of clever schemes to trick people into sending them money: they might promise a job, a loan, a scholarship, or a prize. They might even promise to recover money lost to a previous scam.

That’s right. Some scammers contact people who already have lost money to scam artists and offer to get the money back — for a fee. Sometimes, they claim to represent government agencies or offer to file necessary paperwork with law enforcement. No matter the pitch, it’s against the law for them to take your money in advance. 

That’s the basis of a recent settlement between the FTC and Business Recovery Services LLC. According to the FTC, the company sold do-it-yourself kits — priced up to $499 — that were supposed to help people recover money they had lost to business opportunity and work-at-home schemes. The FTC argued that for many people the kits didn’t work, and that the company violated the Telemarketing Sales Rule by charging money upfront and making false claims about how effective the kits were. 

Read up on refund and recovery scams, and don’t do business with anyone who guarantees they can get your money back — and asks you to pay in advance.


Eliminating Senior Junk Mail


Want to cut down on direct mail pieces coming to your home?

The Direct Marketing Association's (DMA) Mail Preference Service (MPS) lets you opt out of receiving unsolicited commercial mail from many national companies for five years.When you register with this service, your name will be put on a "delete" file and made available to direct-mail marketers and organizations. This will reduce most of your unsolicited mail. However, your registration will not stop mailings from organizations that do not use the DMA's Mail Preference Service. To register with DMA's Mail Preference Service, go towww.dmachoice.org, or mail your request with a $1 processing fee to:
Direct Marketing Association
P.O. Box 643
Carmel, NY 10512