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Brains and Losses

Age of fraud: Are seniors more vulnerable to financial scams?

Changes to the brain make seniors prime targets for financial fraud.

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Brains and Losses

How to protect yourself from scams ... according to a former scammer

by David Brancaccio, Rose Conlon, and Daniel Shin Sep 4, 2019
Author Frank Abagnale, a former con man and subject of the 2002 Steven Spielberg movie "Catch Me If You Can," explains there are a few common red flags to help you determine if the person calling you is a scammer.
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10:  Frank Abagnale attends the Broadway opening night of "Catch Me If You Can" at the Neil Simon Theatre on April 10, 2011 in New York City.
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Brains and Losses

Brains and Losses: Part VI

by David Brancaccio, Sasa Woodruff, Eliza Mills, and Daniel Shin May 24, 2019
Scammers are not always a faceless voice on the phone.
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Brains and Losses

Brains and Losses: Part V

by David Brancaccio, Sasa Woodruff, Eliza Mills, and Daniel Shin May 23, 2019
Suspicious or unusual bank activity can often signal a scam; but should a teller be able to monitor a long-time account holder’s ledger activity to flag a possible scam?
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Brains and Losses

Brains and Losses: Part IV

by David Brancaccio, Sasa Woodruff, Eliza Mills, and Daniel Shin May 22, 2019
Financial scammers are part of coordinated efforts to target victims. The Federal Trade Commission took in more than a half a million complaints of imposter scams alone in 2018. But finding and convicting perpetrators is rare. Marketplace Morning Report’s David…
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Brains and Losses

Brains and Losses: Part III

by David Brancaccio, Sasa Woodruff, Eliza Mills, and Daniel Shin May 21, 2019
What changes to the brain might make a person more vulnerable to financial scams?
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Brains and Losses

Brains and Losses: Part II

by David Brancaccio, Sasa Woodruff, Eliza Mills, and Daniel Shin May 20, 2019
What happens when you're scammed out of almost $200,000?
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Brains and Losses

Where to find more information on elder financial vulnerability

by Eliza Mills and Sasa Woodruff May 17, 2019
Here are some reputable sources for preventing and reporting scams.
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Invest in Marketplace today

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Brains and Losses

Brains and Losses: Part I

by David Brancaccio, Sasa Woodruff, Eliza Mills, and Daniel Shin May 17, 2019
Experts say it’s time for a national conversation about protecting seniors from scams.
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Brains and Losses

The top financial scams of 2018

by Jana Kasperkevic May 16, 2019
Billions of dollars are lost every year. Here’s what to look out for.
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Brains and Losses

Scammers target seniors—here’s how to talk about it

by Eliza Mills May 16, 2019
Four questions to help you start the conversation.
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