— While it may seem like a fun idea to take one of the many Facebook quizzes that pop up on your timeline, be warned it may be a scam. To take the quiz, you enter your information, including your cell phone number. The surprise isn’t the quiz results; it’s the recurring fee on your cell phone bill you unwittingly signed up for. Just say no to Facebook quizzes! Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can …

— If you’re trying to sell your timeshare, be warned of the timeshare resale scam. You may get a call from a company that claims to have a buyer. The caller will even give you the name and phone number of the prospective buyer, who will confirm interest. The caller faxes you legitimate-looking paperwork, along with a request for a credit card number for escrow and title services – with a promise you’ll get that money back once the deal closes. …

— Government grant scams often pop up following an election. You may get a call or read an ad for a free grant from the government. You’ll be promised that your grant application will be accepted and you’ll never have to pay the money back. All you need to do is provide your checking account information for the deposit. This is a red flag! Never give your checking account information to anyone you don’t know. Be a fraud fighter!  If you …

— That all-inclusive vacation—is it too good to be true? How about the charmer you met online who professes love and then asks for money? Consumer advocate and AARP volunteer Mary Bach is sharing her expertise through a web-based video series called Outsmarting the Scammers. AARP Pennsylvania produces the videos, and Bach delivers no-nonsense advice on how to avoid classic scams as well as new ones. Pennsylvanians reported more than 80,000 cases of fraud to the Federal Trade Commission in 2015. …

— Last year, Americans gave over $373 billion to charity. Government officials who regulate charities and fundraisers say that most charities are legitimate, but there are fundraisers that keep most of the money they raise. As you consider year-end giving, do your research. Check out charities at www.give.org  or www.charitynavigator.org to make sure your money is going where it should and not into the pockets of scammers! Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a …

— Did you know? This Maine law can help protect your identity – for free! Each of us has a credit report which compiles our credit history – bank loans, credit cards mortgages, etc. – into one place.  This credit report is used by banks and lenders to determine our worthiness as borrowers. Before buying a house or a car, for example, the bank will examine your credit report. Every report contains our credit history and status of any loans. Depending on activity, …

— Scam artists have been out in full force in 2016, relying on tried and true scams to bilk billions from unsuspecting victims. Here are some of the most frequently reported scams to the Fraud Watch Network hotline: Tech support scam – You get a call from Microsoft (or another tech company) saying your computer has a virus that can be fixed for a fee. Don’t pull out your credit card – simply hang up. Microsoft doesn’t make tech support calls. …

— from Kristen Keckeisen of the AARP Fraud Watch Network Scam artists have been out in full force in 2016, relying on tried and true scams to bilk billions from unsuspecting victims. Here are some of the most frequently reported scams to the Fraud Watch Network hotline: Tech support scam – You get a call from Microsoft (or another tech company) saying your computer has a virus that can be fixed for a fee. Don’t pull out your credit card – simply hang up. …

—   AARP State Director Bob Gallo was a guest on WCIU’s YOU AND ME IN THE MORNING discussing our Fraud Watch Network and providing tips to combat scams and fraud this holiday season. Take a look and see what AARP Chicago is doing in the community. WCIU DECEMBER SEGMENT    

— As you head out for last-minute holiday shopping, leave the debit card at home. Consumer protection experts recommend using credit cards to protect you from fraud and theft. With credit cards, you are liable for only up to $50 of fraudulent use and most credit card companies will waive this fee. In the case of a lost or stolen debit card, financial losses to the consumer can be much more significant. Call your bank for details. Be a fraud fighter!  …