Scams

Staying Safe: How to Handle Threats, Scams, and More

By Krista Hanley, We Are Safer Together LLC ~ Have you ever been in a situation that didn’t feel right, but you didn’t know what to do? I teach safety classes, and I’m constantly thinking of how to keep the people around me safe from verbal, physical, emotional, and financial violence. When a senior friend […]

Bank Fraud

Have you heard about Medicare Fraud Awareness Week? If not, now is the time to learn about it. This year, it is the week containing June 5 (6/5), and runs from June 3 to June 9. The reason for this is that most folks become eligible for Medicare when they turn sixty-five (65). Get it? […]

Beware of Tech Support Scams

By Patrick Baker ~ Here is the scenario: you’re confronted with intense feelings of anxiety and fear when the person on the phone or the pop-up window on your browser says your computer has a virus or malware. The caller urgently requests immediate access to your system to clear things up. The pop-up insists you […]

Social Security’s Top 5 Scam Awareness Articles

Did you join us for Slam the Scam Day in March?  If so, you know how important it is to raise awareness about government imposter scams.  That’s why we want you to have all the information you need to protect yourself.  Check out our top 5 scam awareness articles below:

How to Protect against ID Theft and Fraud

Detective Marilyn Rush-Lara Adams County Sheriff’s Department will present How to Protect against ID Theft and Fraud. At the Thornton Community Connections Center 9471 Dorothy Blvd, December 6, 2023 ID theft: someone using your ID to steal your money, your home or open accounts in your name.  Fraud – E-mail or phone scams to access […]

Social Security and OIG Hold Annual Slam the Scam Day

The Social Security Administration and its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) continue to raise public awareness about Social Security imposter scams during the fourth annual “Slam the Scam” Day on March 9.  Social Security scams — where fraudsters pressure victims into making cash or gift card payments to fix alleged Social Security number problems […]

Spotting and Avoiding Fraud and Scams Targeting Seniors

According to research by the Stanford Center on Longevity and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s Investor Education Foundation, adults over 65 are more likely to have lost money through a financial scam than an adult in their 40s. In addition, only 1 in 44 victims of financial fraud report the crime, often out of embarrassment or fear that their […]

How to Prevent Medicare Fraud 2022

For those of you who are regular readers of PrimeTime Seniors, you may recall our article on how to avoid Medicare scams. We originally published the article right before the pandemic began. However, we understand if you don’t remember the article, especially considering everything that has happened since we originally published it. Regardless, we think […]

Financial exploitation – what it is, how to spot it, and what to do about it

By Kate Silburn, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Elder Law ~ What is financial exploitation of an elderly person or elder financial abuse?  According to the Department of Justice, financial or property exploitation means the illegal or improper use of an elderly or adult with a disability’s money, property, or other resources for monetary or personal benefit, […]

Five Social Security Resources That Can Protect Elders From Scams

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is on June 15.  On this day, communities, seniors, caregivers, governments, organizations, and the private sector unite to prevent the mistreatment of and violence against older people.

Home Projects & Contractors

By Beth McCann, Denver DA ~   Not all contractor issues can be anticipated, but there are steps to take prior to hiring one that can help avoid financial losses, project delays, or a contractor disappearing in the middle of a job.   Consider the Following: The greatest number of complaints received by law enforcement […]

How to Prevent Medicare Fraud

By Eric Gonzalez ~ Health care has been in the news over the past few years. First the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, then efforts to repeal it, now efforts to undercut it. It is fair to say that healthcare news is often contradictory and confusing. Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of this […]