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“Surefire Way to Create a Six-Figure Retirement Income in Less Than 12 Months.” It sounds too good to be true…and it is. Ruthless scammers used this pitch to lure retirees and, unfortunately, a lot of people fell for it.

We celebrate Veterans Day each November to honor service to the nation. Americans are profoundly grateful for the sacrifice service members have made for our nation. Many people show their appreciation by donating to charities that serve America’s veterans.

In 1980 Frank Abagnale, Jr., wrote Catch Me if You Can, a memoir of his days as a scammer. Posing at various times as a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher, and a Pan Am pilot, he wrote millions of dollars worth of bad checks. He was caught and escaped police custody twice before he was finally convicted. 

Buying a timeshare is easy. Put your money down and sign the contract.

Selling a timeshare—not quite so easy.

Experts caution consumers to recognize that buying into a timeshare is not an investment. It is a way to secure a desirable vacation destination.

Earlier this year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had charged more than 250 defendants with scamming older Americans out of half a billion dollars. It was the largest-ever sweep of senior fraud cases.

“Get started on Amazon and make $5,000-$10,000 in the next 30 days…even if you have never sold anything online before.”

The pitch sounds tempting, especially since it’s with Amazon, one of the most successful companies in the world. Unfortunately, it was a scam.

How many times have you answered the phone only to hear a recorded message instead of a live person? Those are robocalls, and according to YouMail.com, a call-blocking service that also tracks robocall volume, Americans are being bombarded with them.

More than two million Americans have an opioid addiction and many will try just about anything to kick the habit. Treatment centers are often hard to get into and the results are not guaranteed, so when someone promotes an easier and more accessible option, it’s no wonder people are eager to try it.

The U.S. Marshals Service recently issued an unusual warning. Their service is being misrepresented in a nationwide imposter scam, and unsuspecting consumers are falling for it.

Scammers posing as U.S. marshals have been calling people across the county. They say the person failed to show up for jury duty and they are wanted for arrest. 

As regular readers of this column know, unscrupulous scammers commonly demand payment wired through Western Union. The reason for Western Union’s popularity with scammers is that once the money is transferred, it is impossible for the victim to get it back.

If you have recently applied for any type of credit—a home loan, car loan, mortgage, or even a new credit card—there’s a good chance you were one of the 145.5 million American consumers whose personal information was exposed in the recent data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s major credit reporting services.

How many robocalls do you get in a typical day? Apparently, Americans are getting a lot of them. Unwanted and/or illegal robocalls are the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) number-one complaint category, with more than 1.9 million complaints filed in the first five months of 2017 alone.