Benjamin Franklin Said It Best

by Marion P. Hammer

In the 1970's gun prohibitionists sought to outlaw handguns by calling them "Saturday Night Specials." "SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL" became a media buzz-word. The term could not be defined. But some folks thought they knew what it meant and had a mental image of these undefinable blacked-in silhouettes of handguns that were appearing in newspapers and on TV screens every time the news report was on crime.

The FTC Rules for Planning Your Funeral

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Many of us don't have experience planning a funeral. When it's time to make arrangements, we might ask friends and neighbors for information about local providers. Or ask family members to help shop and sort through the choices. Many of us do research online.

You may not realize it, but the FTC Funeral Rule is also here to help.

Five Ways to Recognize a Social Security Scam

In July 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reported on a rise in scam attempts where Social Security beneficiaries were being asked to pay to reactivate, protect, or restore their benefits. According to the Social Security Administration's Office of the Inspector General (OIG), these scams continue to evolve. The OIG recently warned the public that scammers are making phone calls and then following up with emails containing falsified documents aimed at convincing people to pay.

Romance Scams: It's Not True Love if They Ask for Money

Lots of us have profiles on online dating sites, apps or social media in hopes of meeting "the one." But that interesting person who just messaged you could be a sweet-talking romance scammer trying to trick you into sending money.


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