Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Scammers Weekly: Impostor scams take many forms

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Southside Daily has collaborated with AARP to raise awareness about scams people need to watch out for.

A scam will be featured every Wednesday, so be sure to always check and be in the know.

Here’s this week’s scam:

The ability of technology to connect people with family and friends is amazing.

Grandparents can talk online with their grandchildren, high school friends can stay in touch from across the country and you can meet new people with similar interests every day.

However, the distance and remote nature of digital communications means you often don’t know exactly who you’re connecting to.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, scammers stole nearly half a billion dollars in 2018 by posing as someone else online.

These impostor scams take many forms, according to AARP. They can pretend to be government agencies, a burgeoning love interest, or a long lost friend.

However, they all have one thing in common: at some point, they will ask you for money. Here’s a rule to live by: if someone you’ve only met online and never in person asks you for money, assume it is a scam.

Visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network by clicking here or call the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline at 877-908-3360 to report a scam or get help if you’ve fallen victim.

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