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Health Brief

April 1, 2020

What happened to the frog’s car? It got “toad” away.

Happy April Fool’s Day. Don’t we all wish this was just a really bad joke.

Unfortunately, it isn’t.

And neither are the crooks and scammers. Older adults are being targeted. Yes the scams are starting and you need to be cautious with phone calls, emails, and advertisements. The Better Business Bureau offer these suggestions:

  • Reach out to a trusted family member, or advisor for advice. If a scammer tries to keep you on the phone or rush you to a decision, hang up and ask someone for advice.
  • Avoid “miracle” product claims that can protect you or your home from disease. Companies targeting older consumers with products and services claiming to protect from diseases like COVID-19 There is NO proven cure, vaccine or treatment.
  • Be wary of offers sounding too good to be true. Scammers look for individuals looking to “catch up” or “get ahead” financially, and if your retirement was affected by the market’s ups and downs – don’t panic. Instead, take a deep breath and contact a trustworthy broker or financial advisor.
  • Be smart and aware. Knowing about the scams out there significantly reduces the likelihood of financial loss.

The answers to yesterday’s “Threezers”:

  • They are all Pikes
  • They all have “Dancers”
  • It is what little boys are made of….lol

Today’s groaner comes from Bob Castle: “It’s hard to touch your face when you are holding 2 glasses of wine.”

  • What did the little mountain say to the big mountain?
  • What you call the wife of hippie?
  • What do you call a farm that makes bad jokes?

A Prayer for today: Lord, today I will walk into circumstances of my life. It may not be a “fiery furnace” but I believe that you will see me safely through all the events I encounter today. I need never lose sight that you are with me.

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