Don’t Miss the Next “Seniors – Don’t Be Scammed” Presentation

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Join H.E.L.P. , Keep-Safe and other resource vendors at the Torrance Police Department’s presentation of “Seniors -Don’t Be Scammed”.  Learn lots of important information about keeping you and your loved ones safe from predators who are trying to separate you from your information and money.  The program is free, no reservations required and light refreshments […]

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Elder Financial Abuse: A 21st Century Crime

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Financial abuse of seniors – the improper or illegal use of an elder person’s resources – seems to be growing at an alarming rate. Due to lack of awareness, a fear of retaliation and the loss of personal independence, most elder abuse victims do not report what occurred. Should the truth finally get out, many […]

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Elder Financial Abuse Continues to Escalate

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Elder financial abuse is very much on the rise. According to the National Council on Aging, between one and two million Americans age 65 and above have been injured, exploited or otherwise mistreated by someone on whom they depend for care or protection – including both family members and friends. All employees of banks and […]

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Protect Yourself — Ten Terrific Tips

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We’ve gathered 10 tips for protecting yourself and your privacy from those nasty folks trying to grab your savings. 1. Do Not Call Registry Avoid telemarketers by signing up with the national Do Not Call Registry, run by the Federal Trade Commission. You can register cell phones and home phones (but not business lines) by […]

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Keep Your Social Security Number Secure

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Question: I always thought that my Social Security Number was my most acceptable ID.  Why do I often see it printed with “Xs” in place of the first 5 numbers? Answer: Although SSNs continue to be very acceptable forms of identification, they are neither as confidential nor as private as they once were. The first […]

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Telemarketers: Don’t Call Me!

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Question: What can I do to protect myself from those pesky telemarketers? Answer: It seems that more and more businesses are trying to sell products, and charities are seeking donations, by telephoning people at home. Seniors, who are no longer employed and spend more time alone, are definitely being sought out by these telemarketers. Luckily, […]

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Medicare Fraud is on the Rise

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Be on the look-out! Medicare seems to be sending an increasing number of written statements indicating services from doctors the patients never heard of, and certainly never met. Although such billings can usually be explained as valid and correct, there is no question that Medicare fraud is on the rise. A Medicare Summary Notice or […]

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Is That Contractor on the Level?

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With the home real estate market in such turmoil in California, many homeowners, especially seniors, are considering staying in their homes and making home improvements and repairs. This can make the homeowner vulnerable to unscrupulous scammers and contractors in search of a quick buck. How can you protect yourself? Be aware, anyone performing home improvement […]

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Better Snoopy Than Sorry

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Here’s the situation: You haven’t seen your elderly neighbor lately, but people you’ve never seen before are coming and going from her home. You don’t want to be “snoopy,” but you are concerned. What should you do? Your neighbor may be just fine (with family and friends visiting and keeping her busy). Or she may […]

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