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By Scam Awareness | February 26, 2016

It's a new year, which means new twists on old scams. Thanks to ABC 7 for identifying these updates on old scams.

1. Imposter Calls: Imposter IRS collector calls are a wildly popular scam that have garnered thousands of victims. This year, IRS debt collectors are allowed to make robocalls to collect overdue debt. Scammers know this and will likely take advantage of a thousand more victims. Figuring out if these calls are legitimate will be tricky.  Remember that the IRS will never ask for immediate payment, threaten to bring in the police, or ask for any credit card information over the phone. If you do get a call from someone claiming to be the IRS call 1.800.829.1040.

2. Political Contribution Calls: With election season well underway, scammers are using the November election to collect campaign contributions. To avoid providing any campaign money to a scammer, donate online directly through a candidate's website.

3. Mobile Pay: Applications such as Apple Pay are another way for scammers to use stolen credit cards. According to ABC 7, it is possible for crooks to create an account with card numbers they have collected. To avoid credit card fraud, be vigilant about checking your statements and where you are giving out your credit card information.

Stay Safe!

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