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.

When you hear about a Medicare scam, it typically involves doctors or medical institutions. However, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently shut down a particularly rotten scam that was targeting older Americans.

You’ve seen the ads that pop up on popular websites like—the ones touting “no-risk trials” for magical face potions. Apparently, so has the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). 

Who doesn’t want to win a contest—especially when the prize is $2 million? Beware—just because you receive a notification that you have won something doesn’t necessarily mean you have—especially if that notice comes from a scam artist. 

On April 25, 2015, a devastating earthquake hit the country of Nepal. Known as the Gorkha earthquake, it measured 7.8 on the Richter scale. The quake left a death toll upwards of 7,000, tens of thousands injured and a country in ruins. There is no question that Nepal is in dire need of aid and many Americans are ready and willing to give what they can to help.

If you have a credit or debit card, chances are you have received a telephone call, letter, or email informing you that your data may have been compromised. Sometimes, it’s just an alert. Other times, the breach is nefarious enough to warrant issuing you a new card and account number. 

The idea that a pill or a powder can make you stronger, leaner, or healthier fuels a $61 billion a year industry. That’s how much Americans spend on over-the-counter supplements like fish oil, vitamins, and protein powders. 

If you watch television programs like The Dr. Oz Show or The View, you have undoubtedly heard about the miraculous power of green coffee bean extract.