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have often written about how scammers like to target older people, but as this story proves, they don’t discriminate—they’re happy to steal from anyone.

Wiring money is a great way to quickly get cash to someone you know and trust, but when a stranger demands payment via a wire transfer service like MoneyGram or Western Union, it’s a sure sign you’re about to be scammed. 

Infomercial king and convicted fraudster Kevin Trudeau might be sending you money, and this time, it’s not a scam. Trudeau, who is currently in prison, is best known for infomercials hawking his books.

When is the worst time to make an important decision? Whenever your emotions are at the command. Scammers know this and use it to their advantage. It’s why so many ads have the words “limited-time offer” attached. They want your money while you’re still excited about what they’re selling, not after you’ve had time to mull it over.

It’s a sad truth that when it comes to money and investing, many of us haven’t the foggiest notion of what to do. That’s why so many people rely on the expertise of qualified financial planners to help secure their retirement income. 

Can you guess the number one consumer complaint received by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2015? For the first time, debt collection complaints surged to the top of the list, thanks, in part, to a surge in unwanted debt collection calls placed to mobile phones. 

Green predominates in the month of March. There is St. Patrick’s Day and the first day of spring. It’s also a time to focus on protecting your green—as in your hard-earned cash. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has designated March 6-12, 2016, as National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW).

You’ve seen the advertisements promising amazing relief from chronic pain simply by wearing special clothes made with copper. Tommie Copper, Inc., advertised in well-respected publications like Arthritis Today.

The scam alert series has covered many scams over the years. To start the New Year right, defend yourself from scammers by reviewing some of their most common tactics. Remember, all consumers are potential fraud targets and older Americans are not necessarily defrauded at a higher rate than younger consumers. However, certain types of scams are more likely to impact seniors.

When you click on an email from a Nigerian prince asking for financial help, hopefully, your guard is up. You know that scammers frequently use the Internet to bilk people out of their money. 

When you answer the telephone and hear someone offering you a deal that sounds too good to be true, your guard is up because you know there are a lot of telephone scammers out there. 

Dim restaurant lighting confounds many a diner who must squint or reach for reading glasses to decipher the menu. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to leave those glasses and the squinting behind? Of course it would, but don’t fall prey to unscrupulous claims that your vision deficiencies can be cured through a downloadable app.

You’re right in the middle of something and the phone rings. You don’t recognize the number displayed on the caller ID, but you answer it anyway. On the other end of the line you hear, “Hi! This is Rachel from card services.