Hang It Up: Avoid IRS Phone Scams This Tax Season

Identity theft continues to top the IRS Dirty Dozen List of Tax Scams for 2016, with the IRS impostor scam closely trailing and on the rise. With taxpayers anxious to avoid any potential trouble with the IRS, they are often left susceptible to these tax-related schemes. Since 2013, more than 5,500 victims have lost nearly $29 million from phone scams. Ways to save, expert investment advice, scam alerts and more! — AARP Money Newsletter » The AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched …

Sign Off: Tips to Avoid Holiday Porch Predators

AARP Fraud Watch Network warns holiday shoppers of package delivery theft With the over-congestion of malls during the holiday season, many consumers take their shopping lists to the Web — after a quick search and a few clicks, your family’s and friends’ gifts are en route to your doorstep. While this is an easy way to finish off your Christmas giving list, shoppers should be wary of package thieves. Ways to save, expert investment advice, scam alerts and more! — AARP Money Newsletter » …

Surf Safely: Watch Out for Public Wi-Fi Fraud This Holiday

AARP Fraud Watch Network warns holiday shoppers of Wi-Fi network risks Online shopping is appealing to a majority of U.S. consumers for obvious reasons — it’s fast, crowd-free and can be done virtually anywhere. Nearly $83 billion is estimated to be made from retailers worldwide during this holiday season alone, as shoppers browse hundreds of sites and finalize orders via smartphone and other mobile devices. Ways to save, expert investment advice, scam alerts and more! — AARP Money Newsletter » Despite ease …

Take Credit: Avoid Debit Card Dangers this Holiday

AARP Fraud Watch Network warns holiday shoppers of debit card risks The 2013 Target data breach was the nightmare before Christmas for many holiday shoppers and Target store customers. Millions of debit card accounts were hacked, as fraudsters stole customer names, card numbers and even personal phone numbers and email addresses. While both debit and credit cards can become victim to fraud, credit cards offer greater consumer protections that debit cards lack. If a credit card is lost or stolen, the …

Skip the Rack: 4 Ways to Avoid Gift Card Swindlers

AARP Fraud Watch Network warns holiday shoppers of gift card scams Holiday shopping often means long lines, crowded malls and hunting down popular items that sell out this time of year. Gift cards are one of the easy solutions to avoid some of the shopping chaos, but consumers should be cautious when purchasing these cards. During the holiday season, scammers secretively write down or electronically scan the numbers on gift cards displayed on the racks at grocery stores and pharmacies. Then, …

Five Ways Criminals Con You Out of Your Cash

If you have money, scammers have a way to take it from you. Con artists talk about getting their victims so emotionally charged up that they are unable to think logically. They call it “under the ether,” and it is how they play on hope, fear and empathy to defraud their victims. Find out how to protect yourself from five common scams with staying power. Sweetheart. Savvy scammers do their homework, tailoring their false identity to target their victims, and …