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6 Common Elder Scams to Avoid

While the average internet user is getting older, internet scammers are getting bolder. The old Nigerian royalty phishing scam has gotten much more sophisticated, as have the other tactics of internet scammers. In addition to the new tactics, new technology is enabling scammers to prey upon the elderly more so than ever before.

Below are just a few of the scams that older internet users need to be aware of in order to make sure they are not tricked into handing over their nest eggs, retirement funds, or identity.

Nobody's perfect. Not the companies that send us bills for nonexistent charges, and not the credit reporting agencies that put dings on our credit for not paying disputed bills. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission just settled a lawsuit against the Credit Protection Association (which sounds like a credit reporting company, but is actually a debt collection agency), claiming it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

The FCRA in intended to secure certain consumer rights to the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of their credit information. Here are your rights regarding your credit information.

Just seventeen months after Blue Bell Creameries was forced to recall all of its ice cream products due to listeria contamination concerns, there's more trouble brewing for one of the nation's best selling ice cream brands. Blue Bell is recalling products from its Alabama factory containing chocolate chip cookie dough after learning they potentially contain listeria monocytogenes.

It's the latest blow to a company that was already reeling from recalls and a deadly listeria outbreak last year. So what does the latest recall entail, and mean?

Parents' number one concern is their children's safety. And no parent would buy a product that would endanger their baby's life. But sometimes you don't know a baby product is dangerous until the worst happens.

So here are five of the most dangerous baby products, so you know and can keep your children safe and sound.

The investigation into Wells Fargo's fraudulent sales tactics has finally reached a conclusion with the bank paying a fine of $185 million. Included in that fine is a record setting $100 million penalty issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) against Wells Fargo.

In addition to the fines, Wells Fargo must pay back all fees charged to customers as a result of the fraudulent sales, an estimated additional $5 million. As a result of Thursday's settlement, Wells Fargo stock has started to drop as Wall Street analysts predict that customers will start leaving the bank due to the severe breach of trust.

Ford Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp. announced massive recalls affecting almost 5 million vehicles this week. The recalls were due to separate issues with door latches and hatches on ten different models of vehicles built over the last three years.

Here's what you need to know about the affected vehicles and how to comply with the recall.