The holiday season is a busy time for everyone, including scammers! That is why it is critical we stay ahead of them to make sure consumers of all ages are aware of which scams are being perpetrated and how to avoid them. Please read and share the attached AARP Foundation ElderWatch Smart Tips on avoiding holiday scams. The Colorado Attorney General’s office also offers an excellent booklet on holiday scams.
Few things can be more annoying than answering the phone while you're in the middle of something. Unfortunately, illegal telemarketing calls have our phones ringing more than ever, costing victims of scammers millions each year.
Between the ages of 16 and 21, Frank Abagnale successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a doctor and cashed millions in fraudulent checks. In case you didn’t read the best-selling book…spoiler alert…he got caught and his exploits were depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram provide a convenient way to connect with friends and family. It is important to remember that scammers also use these platforms to find victims. Scammers often create fake profiles and pretend to either be someone you know, someone you want to know or an entity you trust. Because there are fake profiles it is difficult to know who you can trust. The following are some red flags that you might be targeted by a scammer on Facebook or other social media platform:
On TV or in publications some products advertise free trial offers that claim to be “risk free.” However, some “free” trial offers end up being traps that lock consumers into plans that charge recurring fees that happen automatically.
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