— You get a call from someone who says they’re from the IRS, and you owe back taxes. But do you?  A pop-up on your computer warns your machine is infected and you need immediate technical support.  Should you be worried?  You get a call: “Grandma, I need money for bail.” But is it really your grandchild?  “Imposter fraud” occurs when a scammer poses as someone they’re not in order to steal your money. These types of scams have reached epidemic …

— With the latest in smart phones, tablets and wireless web access, staying connected has never been easier. The power of wireless computing and communications puts information and resources just a click away at home or at our favorite coffee shop. But a new survey of Washington web surfers shows the freedom and convenience of wireless access may come at a cost. Nearly half of Washington Internet users failed a quiz about online and wireless safety, while many admit to engaging …

— While holiday shoppers open their wallets to spend more money, con artists are hard at work trying to find new ways to take it.  To help families protect themselves, the AARP Fraud Watch Network is highlighting three seasonal scams. 1.  Gift Card Scams Crooks grab gift cards from a rack, and quickly write down or scan the cards’ serial numbers. A few days later, they call the gift card phone number to find out how much money is on the …

— News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 6, 2013 Contacts: Brian Zylstra SOS Deputy Communications Director (360) 902-4173 or brian.zylstra@sos.wa.gov Alison Dempsey-Hall AGO Deputy Communications Director (206) 442-4482 or alisond@atg.wa.gov Jason Erskine AARP Washington Communications Director (206) 604-7085 or jerskine@aarp.org   Wyman, Ferguson, AARP team up to remind people to give wisely  OLYMPIA…Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and AARP are urging Washington residents to make wise choices when giving money to charity and avoid unscrupulous fundraising groups …