CONSUMER CORNER: Travel Scams- Alan Marx

Posted on 11/7/2014 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Money & Work TRAVEL TIPS, AND I GET SCAMMED You have to pay when you travel, but scams travel for free. What works for a con artist in one part of the world can easily jump borders and reappear any place else in a matter of minutes. Today’s blog will focus on travel scams. My reason for choosing this topic is that I fell for one of these cons recently. I am writing with the hope that if you know what could be …

Ready for Retirement: Tools to Achieve Peace of Mind

Posted on 10/7/2014 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Money & Work From our October 7 telephone town hall with volunteer Donna Dean, below are Ten Steps to help YOU Get Ready for Retirement as well as the other resources discussed on the call. 1. Define Your Retirement 2. Take Stock of Your “Assets” 3. Evaluate Your Health — Now 4. Determine When to Collect Social Security (Here’s a hint: Later Is Better!)- 5.  Network through Social Media and Other Methods 6. Decide How Much You Want (or Need) to Work- 7. Create a Retirement Budget- 8. Find …

CONSUMER CORNER: How to Complain Effectively – By Alan Marx

Posted on 09/12/2014 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Money & Work     COMPLAINTS, COMPLAINTS, COMPLAINTS Today we will focus on the first type of complaint, typically to a company or an individual who has not met your expectations for a product or a service. The internet provides many resources that can assist you in stating your case, and those websites are easy to find. Just put the words “How to complain effectively” into your browser, and you will find more websites than you can use. Many of them deal with …

Walgreens 20% Discounts every First Tuesday

Posted on 08/29/2014 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Fraud Watch: Protect Yourself from Scams

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work By Sheila Burke When Nell Tays got a phone call telling her she had won $18.5 million in a drawing, all she could think about, she said, was helping her 2-year-old granddaughter get surgery to repair a cleft palate. But the 76-year-old Murfreesboro resident was told she would have to pay $55,000 upfront to avoid paying taxes on the winnings. So Tays, who retired from the University of Tennessee after spending 12 years helping small businesses get federal contracts, paid …

CONSUMER CORNER: Cramming, Scamming, and Spamming – Variations on a Theme by Alan L. Marx

Posted on 01/2/2014 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Money & Work Sometimes it takes a long time before dictionaries add a new meaning for a word.  “Cramming” is a term used by     consumer protection agencies, and it is well understood by the perpetrators of consumer fraud.  To find the general concept of the word, you can look to a web site such as the one of the Federal Communication Commission, which says: “Cramming” is the practice of placing unauthorized, misleading or deceptive charges on your telephone bill. Crammers rely on confusing telephone …