— Are you looking to make a get-away as spring arrives? Know that scam artists are out there looking to take advantage of deal-seeking travelers. Be leery of “free vacation” offers — there is often a catch, such as taxes and fees, mandatory presentations or add-ons. Stick to trusted sites if booking travel online, and never pay a deposit or other rental fees by wire transfer. Watch out for unsolicited calls, texts or emails offering too-good-to-be-true deals. Research businesses before committing …

— Don’t be a Target or a Victim! AARP Idaho in conjunction with the Idaho Scam Jam Alliance will host the state’s largest fraud and identity theft conference May 28 at the Galaxy Event Center in Meridian. The Meridian Scam Jam is a free, fun, educational and interactive forum where you can learn to avoid today’s scams and frauds while getting the tools you need to protect yourself and loved ones from con artists. Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden will headline …

— Scammers take full advantage of opportunities during tax filing season to make a fast buck. They commit tax identity theft by filing a phony tax return using victims’ personal information to get a refund. To protect yourself against this scam, file your return as early as possible, use a secure Internet connection if you file electronically, or mail your tax return directly from the post office. Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a …

— Q. What documents should I shred? A. Start by shredding junk mail and old papers that carry your Social Security number (but don’t destroy your Social Security card), birth date, signature, account numbers, passwords or PINs. Shred deposit slips and ATM and credit card receipts immediately after you get your monthly statements. Shred used airline tickets, unneeded medical bills, preapproved credit card applications and expired IDs such as driver’s licenses, medical insurance cards and passports. Some more shredding advice: • …

— Tax time is here again and so are the IRS impostors! Scammers posing as IRS agents or Treasury Department officials are continuing their deceptive ways. Know that the IRS will first contact you through the mail if you owe taxes. If you receive a phone call or suspicious email or text from the IRS, chances are it’s a scammer posing as an IRS agent. If you receive a scam call, hang up immediately and report the call to the IRS …

— Join AARP Mississippi for an important Telephone Town Hall at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2 about government impostor scams. Scammers rip off unwary taxpayers by impersonating agents of the Internal Revenue Service. To join the call, click here. They’ll call and insist that a potential victim has an unpaid tax bill and faces arrest unless they pay up, immediately. Con artists have numerous ways to make the hoax seem convincing. They can trick a caller ID to make it …

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— New frauds and scams seem to crop up weekly.  Identity theft and other scams rob millions of Americans of their hard-earned money.  Last year alone, Americans lost $18 billion dollars to fraud and scams.  In fact, every two seconds, a con artist steals someone’s identity. What tricks do con artists use to steal your money?  How can you outsmart scammers before they strike?  Beat the con artists at their game.  Check out this month’s scam alerts and don’t get taken …

— Scammers claim to be government officials to steal your money or your identity.  Here’s what to watch for: Scammers’ Tactics It’s the IRS: You owe taxes and must pay immediately or face arrest! It’s Social Security: Your number was compromised and you need to take immediate action? Free Money: You qualify for a federal grant! You’ve Won: You’ve won millions in a federally-supervised lottery! What You Should Know The government will not contact you out of the blue. The government …

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— Scammers claim to be government officials to steal your money or your identity.  Here’s what to watch for: Scammers’ Tactics It’s the IRS: You owe taxes and must pay immediately or face arrest! It’s Social Security: Your number was compromised and you need to take immediate action! Free Money: You qualify for a federal grant! You’ve Won: You’ve won millions in a federally-supervised lottery! What You Should Know The government will not contact you out of the blue. The government …

— SOCIAL MEDIA SCAMS Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram provide a convenient way to connect with friends and family, but 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. The following are some red flags that you might be targeted by a scammer on a social media platform: You receive a friend/follow request from someone you …