When you see a local phone number pop up on your caller ID, it’s tempting to answer.  Even though you don’t quite recognize the number, the area code and even the first three numbers may appear to be from your town. That’s what scammers are banking on. Technology allows them to “spoof” numbers to make them look familiar so you will be more likely to answer the call.  Many people are choosing to play it safe and let an unknown number, even one that appears to be local, go to voice mail.

Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.

Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork for more information on fraud prevention.