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Avoid a scammer’s money grab during Older Americans Month

Lois Greisman, Elder Justice Coordinator, FTC and Deborah Royster, Assistant Director, Office for Older Americans, CFPB
Scammers use lots of different tactics — stories about grandchildren in distress, million-dollar prizes, a romantic future, or a business deal — to try to steal peoples’ money. Scammers may demand
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Give yourself some credit (reports)

Seena Gressin
During Financial Literacy Month, we’ve focused on steps to protect your money by spotting and avoiding scams. But here’s another important way to help protect your wallet: regularly check your credit
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Did you use Western Union to pay a scammer?

Bridget Small
Refunds are still available to people who were tricked into wiring money to scammers through Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017. If you didn’t file a claim for a refund yet
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Reject a job or money-making scam offer

Bridget Small
Financial Literacy Month is a good time to talk about earning, managing, and saving your money. Are you searching for a new job, investment, or business opportunity to boost your financial well-being
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Saint James School of Medicine: operating on lies

Andrew Rayo
Choosing a medical school is a big decision, and lesser-known schools work hard to get your attention. Some set themselves apart by boasting about high first-time pass rates on standardized medical
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Did you get a text from your own number? That’s a scam

Andrew Rayo
Scammers are always thinking up ways to put a new spin on their criminal tricks. This time, they’re sending spam texts to you — from your own phone number. They’ve changed (spoofed) the caller ID to
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How do you spot a scam? Listen to how someone tells you to pay

Cristina Miranda
Like spring cleaning for your finances, Financial Literacy Month is a great time to dust off your knowledge for spotting and avoiding scams. The best way to make a clean getaway from a scam? Listen to
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Dealing with tornado damage? Avoid post-disaster scams

Andrew Rayo
The recent tornado outbreak in the south is already taking a heavy toll — but scammers see it as a chance to take even more. Tornadoes can come out of the blue, followed by scammers ready to “help”
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FTC says Kohl’s and Walmart bamboozled customers

Bridget Small
Looking to buy products that are safer for people or the environment? Take a closer look at green claims that companies make in their ads. The FTC says Kohl’s and Walmart falsely claimed they were
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Funeral providers must give accurate information

Bridget Small
After the loss of a loved one, family and friends often need to make decisions about funeral arrangements quickly. You may need to plan services by phone or online. When you ask for information by