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(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX) New healthcare laws have brought much uncertainty to consumers, especially retirees. According to consumer advocacy journalist and radio host Pete Thomson, new scams are surfacing that are taking advantage of the uncertainty in the marketplace. Thomson’s weekly radio program, which airs on CBS Radio’s KRLD in Dallas, will focus on healthcare scams on Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 5-7PM (Central).
Thomson said that the new healthcare scams are reaching consumers primarily through the internet and telemarketing. He added, “Scammers are targeting seniors. They’ll often call or email, claiming to be with the federal government, and say they need to confirm a social security number. Other times they’ll call offering a special deal on low cost healthcare coverage. The scammers are always looking for personal information that they can turn into cash.”
Thomson claims that the uncertainty surrounding healthcare is helping the scammers succeed. He said, “Our nation’s healthcare system is about to be in transition and people, especially retirees, are concerned about the future of their healthcare. The people behind the scams love this uncertainty. They’re selling security and solutions in a very uncertain environment.”
According to Thomson, the first line of defense again healthcare scams is to simply hang up or delete the email. Beyond that, he says, reaching out to seniors who are isolated is very important. Thomson added, “Seniors often become isolated from the mainstream marketplace. We believe that reaching out to seniors in our families and neighborhoods is an important part of defeating this type of crime.”
Thomson credited Consumer Team New York City reporter Ernie Sprance for his contributions to the special coverage on healthcare scams. He said, “Ernie did an outstanding job of digging into this issue. He’ll be filing two different on-air reports on The Consumer Team. After listening to this information, listeners will be better prepared to deal with this growing fraud.”
Thomson’s Consumer Team talk radio program is one of the most listened to local programs dealing with consumer news, research, trends and issues. Thomson says that his passion for consumer advocacy started during his childhood growing up in the midwest. Both of his parents were business owners in Charles City, Iowa. According to Thomson, seeing successful business and customer relationships fueled his interest in helping connect consumers with reputable business owners. He said, “Growing up in Charles City, I saw the special relationship that can exist between business and the customer. Our goal on The Consumer Team is to first educate our listeners regarding the issues that can impact their success as a consumer. Beyond that, we strive to connect our listeners with great businesses who truly understand what it means to serve the customer.”
(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX) Listeners to The Consumer Team radio program are finding more money in Social Security benefits thanks to a new software and report that is being introduced on the program. The new software, being made available by Texas Retirement Specialists, is helping listeners discover new, incremental amounts of Social Security dollars that are above and beyond what listeners are typically expecting.
Jim Poe with Texas Retirement Specialists is The Consumer Team’s expert in investing and retirement planning. Poe commented on the Social Security software. He said, “We’re excited to be able to help open up the eyes of consumers regarding how to get the most from Social Security. Previously, most people believed that the wise thing to do was get benefits at the earliest age possible. With the help of our free software, folks can see what’s possible if they are more strategic in the sign up process. We have listeners that are finding anywhere from a few thousand dollars up to $399,000. It has been exciting to see people benefiting from this report.”
Pete Thomson, consumer advocate and host of The Consumer Team, said that the listener response has been extraordinary. Thomson added, “The response to Texas Retirement Specialists free Social Security report has been really exciting. All the information is on the Texas Retirement Specialists website, http://www.texasretirementspecialists.com.”
Even though the process of identifying extra Social Security dollars is quick, Jim Poe said that getting correctly signed up for Social Security can require additional assistance. Poe added, “Once a person determines how much extra money they can qualify for, we encourage them to call us for help in signing up properly. We’re excited to help our listeners and clients maximize their Social Security benefits.”
The Consumer Team talk radio program is broadcast Saturdays from 5-7PM (Central) on 1080 KRLD Radio, Dallas-Ft. Worth. Jim Poe is a regular contributor to The Consumer Team in the areas of financial planning, investing and retirement. Pete Thomson called Jim Poe an integral part of The Consumer Team. Thomson continued, “Retirement, financial planning and investments are at the top of our agenda on The Consumer Team. To have Jim Poe and his team at Texas Retirement Specialists on the program every week is huge resource for our listeners in North Texas. Jim Poe’s background, experience and integrity have made him one of our most trusted resources.”
Texas Retirement Specialists have North Texas offices in Dallas and Ft. Worth. They can be reached at 888-774-4492. For more information on The Consumer Team and to listen live, go to http://www.myconsumerteam.com The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media Inc, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas.
The Consumer Team talk radio program will air a special segment regarding new software that is allowing consumers to get more money in Social Security benefits. Jim Poe of Texas Retirement Specialists will be a featured guest on the program. The Consumer Team will air Saturday, September 29th, 3-4PM (Central) on 1080 KRLD Radio in Dallas.
Pete Thomson, host of The Consumer Team, commented on the Social Security special broadcast. “Because of new software that’s been developed, Texas Retirement Specialists has the ability to help consumers identify more money in Social Security benefits. Previously most people considered the age that they take benefits as the major variable in determining benefit amounts. However, Social Security is much more complicated than just that decision.” According to Thomson, listeners will be given an opportunity to see firsthand what additional benefits they could receive. Thomson added, “Listeners will be able to access a website which will show a specific amount of additional money that is available. It’s a very simple process which takes under 5 minutes to complete.” Previously, Thomson reports, listeners have identified as much as $299,000 in additional Social Security benefits. “Over the last several weeks, we’ve seen people find a few thousand to $299,000. Obviously this has the potential to dramatically change a person’s retirement.”
For more information on The Consumer Team and to listen live, go to http://www.myconsumerteam.com
The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media, Dallas, Texas. http://www.mcqmedia.us