Frequent readers of this column know far too well that seniors are often the target of unscrupulous scammers.

Finally, it seems that our legislators are taking notice and trying to do something about it.

Clinical trials are currently testing stem cell therapies to treat a wide range of serious medical conditions. While the results look promising, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only given approval for the limited use of stem cell therapies in patients with disorders involved in the production of blood. 

I recently received a phone call from my bank. A woman was at one of their branches attempting to cash a $2,750 check from my account.

I didn’t recognize her name, and it’s unlikely I would have forgotten details about a check for such a significant amount. I told the teller not to cash the check.

“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, 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.