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After Hurricanes, Beware of Flooded Cars for Sale
Buying & Leasing a Car

After Hurricanes, Beware of Flooded Cars for Sale

Hurricane Ida may have passed, but there's a chance the used car you have your eye on could have been damaged by it. Here’s what to watch out for.
September 3, 2021
Penny Stocks: Why You Should Always Stay Away
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Penny Stocks: Why You Should Always Stay Away

With the exception of some large foreign firms, investors should generally avoid stocks that trade over-the-counter.
August 18, 2021
Keep Momma Away from This Financial Adviser
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Keep Momma Away from This Financial Adviser

When a family member wants to be your financial adviser, watch out!
July 16, 2021
Beware of Gift Card Scams
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Beware of Gift Card Scams

Threatening calls that you will be arrested or your electricity will be turned off can sound so real. But don’t go running out to buy a gift card to k…
June 27, 2021
Scam Alert: 4 Types of Fraud That Target the Elderly (and How to Beat Them)
Scams

Scam Alert: 4 Types of Fraud That Target the Elderly (and How to Beat Them)

Scams target people of all ages, but the most vulnerable tend to be older adults — and the money they lose can have a big impact on their retirement. …
June 10, 2021

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Pandemic Brings New Scams, Too
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Pandemic Brings New Scams, Too

Billions in stimulus funds create new opportunities for fraud ranging from unemployment benefits to vaccine cards.
May 24, 2021
How the Senior Safe Act Protects Your Finances
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How the Senior Safe Act Protects Your Finances

The law encourages employees of financial services firms to report cases of suspected elder financial abuse, hopefully leading to more prosecutions of…
May 21, 2021
10 Worst Things to Keep in Your Wallet
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10 Worst Things to Keep in Your Wallet

Storing your passport book or card, a spare key, or any of these other important items in your wallet leaves you open to identity theft -- or worse.
April 23, 2021
Tax Refund Scam Targets College Students and Staff
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Tax Refund Scam Targets College Students and Staff

The IRS says there's a new phishing scam aimed at people with email addresses ending in ".edu."
March 30, 2021
How to Get Hacked and Become a Victim of Identity Theft
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How to Get Hacked and Become a Victim of Identity Theft

Yes, online security can be a drag, but if you’re tempted to click on that fun Facebook quiz or skip your phone update just this one time, here’s what…
March 12, 2021
Retirees, Protect Yourself From Thieves Online
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Retirees, Protect Yourself From Thieves Online

Scams targeting the elderly are frequent. Here are some expert ways to build your protection from scammers.
January 27, 2021
Taxes on Retirees — What’s New?
Budgeting

Taxes on Retirees — What’s New?

In this episode of Your Money's Worth, senior tax editor Rocky Mengle talks about the latest update of the Kiplinger Retiree Tax Map. Will states with…
January 26, 2021
Got an Invention? Don’t Fall for These Patent Scams
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Got an Invention? Don’t Fall for These Patent Scams

Getting an idea for a cool new product patented is a dream for many creative thinkers, but unfortunately there are plenty of scammers out there ready …
January 14, 2021
Watch Out for Stimulus Check Texting Scam
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Watch Out for Stimulus Check Texting Scam

Scammers are sending text messages that trick people into disclosing bank account information to get a $1,200 stimulus check.
November 4, 2020
10 Worst Things to Keep in Your Wallet
Scams

10 Worst Things to Keep in Your Wallet

Storing your passport book or card, a spare key, or any of these other important items in your wallet leaves you open to identity theft -- or worse.
October 9, 2020
The Psychology of Being Scammed
personal finance

The Psychology of Being Scammed

Are you nice? Trusting? Well, you also might be scammed one day, if you’re not careful.
October 5, 2020
Watch Out for COVID Cons
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Watch Out for COVID Cons

Isolated seniors are particularly vulnerable to pandemic-related scams.
September 30, 2020
Beware Crooked Contact Tracers
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Beware Crooked Contact Tracers

If someone claiming to be a contact tracer asks you for money or requests your Social Security number, that’s a red flag.
August 26, 2020
Another Epidemic to Worry About: Identity Theft
business

Another Epidemic to Worry About: Identity Theft

Fraud losses grew in 2019 and are likely to increase in 2020.
June 5, 2020
Don’t Fall for Pandemic Cons
spending

Don’t Fall for Pandemic Cons

Scammers are stealing money with phishing schemes, fake remedies and inflated prices on products that are in demand.
April 3, 2020
Watch Out for Phony Wildfire Charities
spending

Watch Out for Phony Wildfire Charities

Scammers are using social media and fake websites to raise funds for those affected by the fires in Australia.
January 30, 2020
How to Avoid Elder Fraud
retirement

How to Avoid Elder Fraud

Kiplinger's associate editor Miriam Cross offers tips on how to protect your loved ones from falling victim to elder fraud. Also, our hosts Sandy Bloc…
January 14, 2020
Avoid Fraud in 2020 By Writing the Complete Date
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Avoid Fraud in 2020 By Writing the Complete Date

Protect your documents from scammers who could change the date on your important documents.
January 3, 2020
Look Out for These Scams
Scams

Look Out for These Scams

Stay alert for phony sales at stores and other tricks.
December 27, 2019
Watch Out for the Elder Fraud Web
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Watch Out for the Elder Fraud Web

Scams range from petty theft to embezzlement. Your parents may need your help.
December 16, 2019