Downsizing can seem like an overwhelming climb or even impassable. Even though this is your first time. And Retirement can be tricky especially with all the fraudsters and scams out there. We hope you will find comfort in knowing the ones before you have shared their hindsight so your journey through downsizing and staying safe in your second part of life journey is not so daunting. And can even be a little fun.

Dec. 18, 2015

How to avoid Scams

The world has always been tricky, but the way that tricky occurs seems to becoming faster and more sophisticated. This day in age you need to keep up to date on the risks that exist so you are not the statistic.


Visit the links below to get up to date on some risks that exists.


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Some general rules to follow seem common sense when reading them, but all of us can get caught off guard if we don't have our minds wired to handle these situations as a reaction.

First, log your interactions. I cannot tell you how many times I have came across a scam, but by the time I realized it was a scam, I had not recorded critical information required by authorities to catch the bad people, and by the time I realized it, I could not remember the important stuff. So get in the habit of having something close by to record interactions. For some people they use a Notes app on their phone, some use a simple note pad they keep with them at all times. And this will also help out even when things are not scams, how many times have you said to yourself "I wish I would have written that down". Record things like dates/times names used, caller ID and numbers. Rule is record the nouns and be able to describe them.

Next, Urgency feeling is a red flag. If a caller, email or web browser popup try's to present urgency to act, chances are it is not good. Hang up, delete the email or close the web browser. And speaking of computer pop ups, you will never get a legitimate business offer to fix your computer through a web browser pop up; they are always fake.

Private information should not be shared. Regardless of reason. If the FBI calls you and asks for your drivers license number don't give it. Chances are it is not the FBI, they will not do that. I have done a lot of phone system programming and the one thing that is well known is we can make a caller ID and phone number say anything we want it to, and it is super easy to do.

When you receive a call DO NOT

  1. No Credit card info
  2. No Drivers license info
  3. No Social Security Number


Common Fraud Schemes


  • Romance scam: Criminals pose as interested romantic partners on social media or dating websites to capitalize on their elderly victims’ desire to find companions.
  • Tech support scam: Criminals pose as technology support representatives and offer to fix non-existent computer issues. The scammers gain remote access to victims’ devices and sensitive information.
  • Grandparent scam: Criminals pose as a relative—usually a child or grandchild—claiming to be in immediate financial need.
  • Government impersonation scam: Criminals pose as government employees and threaten to arrest or prosecute victims unless they agree to provide funds or other payments.
  • Sweepstakes/charity/lottery scam: Criminals claim to work for legitimate charitable organizations to gain victims’ trust. Or they claim their targets have won a foreign lottery or sweepstake, which they can collect for a “fee.”
  • Home repair scam: Criminals appear in person and charge homeowners in advance for home improvement services that they never provide.
  • TV/radio scam: Criminals target potential victims using illegitimate advertisements about legitimate services, such as reverse mortgages or credit repair.
  • Family/caregiver scam: Relatives or acquaintances of the elderly victims take advantage of them or otherwise get their money.


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Dec. 18, 2015

Downsizing Tips

Downsizing is a big change. We are essentially undoing what we have been working towards for the first half of our life. At least we hope we have a lot more to go. That means lots of uncomfortable change, but there may be a way to lessen that uncomfortability. Check out these steps you can take to smoothen the ride a little bit.


The Eye Test

Since a lot of what downsizing is has to do with deciding to get rid of stuff you thought you needed really badly at one point in your life, expect you will try and convince yourself you still need it. One way I use when deciding if I need something is not ask f I need it but instead, place it next to something else and tell my self "Which one is better to keep" keep one, toss the other. There is also another technique that minimalist use, the will actually take an entire room, and move the contents to a place like a basement or garage, boxed and labeled. After 3 months, whatever they have not taken out fo the box because they really needed it, then get rid of. Since it is in a box, it is easy to do a garage sale pick and pay, or just tape up the box and have a goodwill or St Vincent DePaul pickup.

Start Now

Think about and then write down the pros and cons to downsizing. If you have family share your plans with them, and talk about the pros and cons you came up with. Ask them what they think. Keeping people aware and involved not only makes it better for them, but helps you come to terms with the change that is coming. Most folks have getting rid of some of the upkeep as on their list of pros for downsizing. After a while lawns, painting, weeding loses all romance of a first time home buyer is is nothing but work, kinda shoots a whole through the retirement idea.


Start Small

It is easy to feel overwhelmed at the entire project of downsizing. But if you start in one room, in one spot in the room, and that is your only goal, you will feel accomplished and have made progress in no time at all. And you just keep swinging the bat, one swing at a time. Focus on your next steps, forget about the rest and I guarantee you will reach the end and feel great about what you achieved.


Get Help

There are many places that will help you, family, friends, professional services even. We have all heard work smarter not harder, and that applies here. And keep the barter system in your plans. After all you are talking about letting go of assets, and what is one persons trash is another persons treasure. Not that your stuff is trash but you get the picture, you can leverage some of your stuff that you know is valuable for getting help moving and boxing that would be really nice to have.


Local Trusted Companies

Here are some great local businesses that help out with Downsizing

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