With the new year having arrived, it is an opportune time for Floridians to resolve to save more money.
Personal financial decisions are always an individual’s personal responsibility, but education can also help. The Department of Financial Services has an education initiative available online that can help Floridians make better informed decisions for themselves and their families. Your Money, Your Life gives virtually everyone access to high-quality information on a wide range of financial topics as it details choices, benefits, and pitfalls in easy-to-understand language.
Read the savings tips below, and visit the Your Money, Your Life website to learn more.
SAVE MORE IN 2006
Make additional monthly payments.
CAREFULLY CHECK CREDENTIALS OF 'SENIOR SPECIALISTS'
According to Patricia D. Struck, NASAA president, individuals may call themselves ‘senior specialists’ to create a false level of comfort among seniors by implying a certain level of training on issues important to the elderly. But the training they receive is often nothing more than marketing and selling techniques targeting the elderly.
Sales people and the alphabet soup of letters after their names can be confusing, and in some cases, may even be deceptive to seniors.
NASAA’s Investment Adviser Operations Project Group has observed a significant increase in designations claiming to provide the holder with expertise in providing services to investors 55 years and older. CONTINUED
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CREDIT CARD TELEPHONE SCAM
Be warned on this sneaky scam that the caller does not ask for your credit card number because the number is already in the scammer's possession. This information is worth understanding to be prepared to protect yourself.
Here is how the scam works. The person calling on the phone says, "This is (name), and I'm calling from the Security and Fraud Department at VISA. My badge number is 12460. Your card has been flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and I'm calling to verify. This would be on your VISA card which was issued by (name of bank). Did you purchase an anti-telemarketing device for $497.99 from a marketing company based in Arizona?"
When you say no, the caller continues, "Then we will be issuing a credit to your account. This is a company we have been watching and the charges range from $297 to $497, just under the $500 purchase pattern that flags most cards. Before your next statement is issued, the credit will be sent to (your address); is that correct?" After your assent that the address is correct, the caller continues, “I will be starting a fraud investigation. If you have any questions, you should call the 1- 800 number listed on the back of your card and ask for security. You will need to refer to this control number.” The caller then gives you a six-digit number. CONTINUED