MBA Newsletter – January 2020

The holidays are over and now it’s all about you.

2020 is here and the hustle and bustle of the holidays is finally over and it’s time to focus on you! With the new year comes new adventures, possibilities, and aspirations.

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Snowshoe Spamming: You think it couldn’t happen to you?

How scammers are using the Social Security, FBI and local phone numbers to steal your clients money.

Old tactics and modern internet phone systems are creating huge opportunities for criminal networks to scam Americans.

As we are entering winter, educate yourself on how a snowshoe scam works. A snowshoe scam is when a spammer sets up local phone numbers in a number of different areas, which allows them to call many people from multiple local phone lines without raising the attention of the authorities or phone companies until it is too late. The name snowshoe scam comes from the idea of spreading your weight across the snow to make it safe to walk on.

The FBI has recorded over $30 million in losses to these scams just in the first 9 months of this year.

Read on for how a Snow Show scam works. Read more


Fall fun for the whole family

Apple picking, football and pumpkin-flavored everything can only mean one thing: Fall has arrived in Minnesota. This special season is short and sweet, so let’s make the most of it, whether that means getting outdoors or participating in some of the fall’s best celebrations, there is no shortage of family fun in Minnesota.

Here is a list of fun activities to add to your weekend schedules this month. Read more


Medicare Cost Plan Transition

Now that the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is upon us, the Minnesota Benefit Association wants to ensure that you are prepared for potential changes to you coverage. Medicare Cost plans are ending in 66 of our 87 counties in 2019 (see Map). This means around 370,000 Minnesotans need to select a new Medicare plan this Fall. Read more