Social Security Helps You Care for Seniors

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15. This is an opportunity for everyone, all over the world, to voice their opposition to abuses inflicted on some of the most vulnerable members of our society. For more than 80 years, Social Security has provided for the elderly as part of our everyday mission. Sometimes a family member … Continue reading Social Security Helps You Care for Seniors

Share financial information with your spouse now to avoid problems later

Via Consumer Financial Protection Bureau By Erin Scheithe It’s common for couples to share their financial lives but not the responsibility for managing household finances. It might be time-consuming for both of you to review your bills, as well as spending and savings plans each month. But if responsibilities unexpectedly shift due to a sudden illness or loss of a spouse, getting up to speed quickly … Continue reading Share financial information with your spouse now to avoid problems later

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project:) Chattanooga Pension Fund Sues Wells Fargo for Alleged Fraud Over Revenue Sharing

Via Pensions&Investments, By Rob Kozlowski Chattanooga (Tenn.) Fire and Police Pension Fund has filed a lawsuit in Tennessee court against Wells Fargo, its custodian and trustee, alleging potential fraud and overcharging in its role as trustee, The suit, filed Tuesday in the Chancery Court of Hamilton County, alleges that Wells Fargo has not provided any disclosures regarding “significant compensation from third-party mutual funds and potentially … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project:) Chattanooga Pension Fund Sues Wells Fargo for Alleged Fraud Over Revenue Sharing

8 Things to Know about Your New Medicare Card

By Dawn Kepler, Project Administrator In April 2018, new Medicare cards will be sent out and the new card will include a new Medicare Number. The mailing for these new cards will be staggered throughout the year and it is expected to end by April 2019. Here are 8 Things to Know about Your New Medicare Card: Medicare will mail you a new card, and this change … Continue reading 8 Things to Know about Your New Medicare Card

FTC to Begin Mailing Checks to Victims of Tech Support Scam

Via Federal Trade Commission The Federal Trade Commission will begin mailing 36,830 checks totaling $10,158,601, to consumers who lost money to a technical support scam. Inbound Call Experts, LLC, doing business as Advanced Tech Support, along with other defendants, agreed to pay more than $10 million as part of a settlement with the FTC. According to the FTC, the defendants used high-pressure sales pitches to … Continue reading FTC to Begin Mailing Checks to Victims of Tech Support Scam

Do Not Call registrations don’t expire

Via Federal Trade Commission By Amy Hebert Someone pretending to be from the FTC is sending out fake emails telling people that their Do Not Call registration is expiring. The emails use the FTC’s logo and send people to a phony Do Not Call website to register their numbers again. Don’t buy it. Do Not Call registrations never expire. Once you add a number to … Continue reading Do Not Call registrations don’t expire

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Data Shows Fraud Complaints on the Rise in Michigan

by Miles Morley, MiCAFE Community Partner Liaison The Consumer Sentinel Network (CSN) has released their 2015 Data Book. CSN is a database of consumer identity theft and fraud complaints. The complaints are gathered from federal agencies, such as the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Internal Revenue Service, state law enforcement organizations, such as the Michigan Office of the Attorney General, and non-governmental … Continue reading Data Shows Fraud Complaints on the Rise in Michigan

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An Unknowing Trap for Sellers of Motor Vehicles

by David Jones, J.D., Hotline Attorney It is all too common for sellers of used motor vehicles to simply sign the title over to the buyer, and assume the buyer will register it with the Secretary of State. However, if the buyer does not register the title, the seller can face some real legal problems because the seller is still the owner of title. I … Continue reading An Unknowing Trap for Sellers of Motor Vehicles

Lottery Scams over the Phone

by Miles Morley, MiCAFE Community Partner Liaison This is part six of a recurring series on the most common types of fraud reported in the Consumer Sentinel Network’s 2014 Data Book for the State of Michigan. The fifth most common fraud category for the state of Michigan is that of prizes, sweepstakes, and lotteries fraud. The Consumer Sentinel Network’s 2014 Data Book defines these frauds as … Continue reading Lottery Scams over the Phone

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Banks and Lender Scams and Complaints

by Miles Morley, Legal Assistant This is part five of a recurring series on the most common types of fraud reported in the Consumer Sentinel Network’s 2014 Data Book for the State of Michigan. Banks and Lender Scams accounted for five percent of all complaints from Michigan Residents and a total of 3,566 complaints in the Consumer Sentinel Network’s 2014 Data Book. These types of scams … Continue reading Banks and Lender Scams and Complaints