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Avoiding Scams and Fraud for Older Adults

Older adults lose billions of dollars each year to scams and fraud. Get tips to protect yourself and your money. Learn how to spot common scams, keep your money secure, and report financial fraud if you suspect you’re a victim.
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Financial scams targeting older adults can be devastating, leaving you in a vulnerable position and without time to recoup your losses. Learn how to identify and stop the top 10 financial scams.

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