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

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.
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Brains and Losses: Part VI

Scammers are not always a faceless voice on the phone.
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Brains and Losses: Part V

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: Part IV

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: Part III

What changes to the brain might make a person more vulnerable to financial scams?
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Brains and Losses: Part II

What happens when you're scammed out of almost $200,000?
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Where to find more information on elder financial vulnerability

May 17, 2019
Here are some reputable sources for preventing and reporting scams.
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Brains and Losses: Part I

Experts say it’s time for a national conversation about protecting seniors from scams.
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The top financial scams of 2018

May 16, 2019
Billions of dollars are lost every year. Here’s what to look out for.
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Scammers target seniors—here’s how to talk about it

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