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. 

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.

Technology has upturned the traditional job interview. More and more, companies are relying on video communications technology such as Skype or FaceTime to interview potential employees. These remote video interviews are a great way to save time and make the experience more convenient for both the interviewer and the interviewee. 

Ever had that great idea you’re certain will make you millions if only you can get it off the ground? Maybe you need some help or mentoring on how to go about executing your business plan. If you’re considering hiring a business coach to help bring your entrepreneurial idea to life, proceed with caution.

Who doesn’t like free stuff? Giveaways are a great way for companies to give consumers a chance to sample their products and, hopefully, generate some good word of mouth to drive sales. 

Owning a pet can be a joy. It can also be expensive, especially if you’re looking for a pure breed instead of a pound puppy. If you’re in the market for a new addition to the family, beware! Pet adoption scams are stealing victims’ money and breaking their hearts.

There are billions of dollars just waiting to be claimed. If that sounds like a scam, it’s not. Uncashed I.R.S. refund checks, money from bank failures or credit union closures, unclaimed life insurance, pension money, and back wages all add up to billions of dollars sitting in government accounts waiting to be claimed.

This past February, Philip Hatch, an 81-year-old from Portland, Maine, traveled to Washington, D.C., to testify before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. He was there to tell the sad story of how he was scammed out of $8,000 by criminals posing as IRS agents.