Beware of gift card scams

July 30, 2021 • By Dennis Beaver  My paralegal Anne buzzed me: “Dennis, you have readers from Palm Springs on the line, 90-year-old mom and her 55-year-old son. He is trying to prevent her from sending money to scammers using a gift card.” That call could not have...

Don’t fall for these scams


February 16, 2021 • By Dennis Beaver “Mr. Beaver, suffering from bad arthritis in my hands and nighttime leg cramps — charley horses — led me to inventing a battery-operated lime squeezer that I would like to market. “I was turned on to drinking tonic water, which...

The psychology of being scammed

October 2, 2020 • By Dennis Beaver Have you ever wondered how some people become victims of scams, sending large amounts of money to crooks thousands of miles away? Today’s story explains the psychology of being scammed, and this topic was requested by “Rod,” who is...

Considering a Timeshare? Don’t You Ever!!

April 5, 2019 • By Dennis Beaver Over the past several years this column has told you about the nightmares that timeshare owners lived through, both when first purchasing–often under physical and mental duress–and then when attempting to get themselves out...