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Top Scams in 2017

By Scam Awareness | January 19, 2017

New Year means new scams! Be sure to check out this list from AARP to learn about the top scams and tricks of 2017.

  • Phone Imposters: In 2017, scammers will continue to use phone calls in an attempt to illegally obtain payment or personal information. Many scammers are imposters claiming to be tech support or a family member in need. Also be on the lookout for scammers trying to steal your identity or financial info by offering you a credit card or saying that you won a prize or the lottery.
  • IRS Threats: According to the Treasury Department, IRS scammers have stolen $47 million since 2013. This year, be on the lookout for scammers mentioning the fake "federal student tax." AARP also warns tax professionals to beware of hackers trying to obtain personal financial information.
  • Scare Tactics: Scammers frequently use fear to provoke a reaction from their targets. In the year ahead, these scams may use scare tactics like fake threats of arrest, lawsuits, or even physical harm in an attempt to obtain payment. If you believe you are being scammed, be sure to hang up and contact your local authorities.  

To learn more, please visit AARP and as always, stay safe!

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