Friday, February 3, 2023

Scammers Weekly: To whom are you speaking?

(WYDaily/Courtesy of AARP)
(WYDaily/Courtesy of AARP)

WYDaily 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 edition:

Technology has made our lives easier in many ways, but it has also opened us up to many risks that we don’t always recognize.

Shopping, banking and getting tech support virtually are becoming the preferred option for many of us, but these conveniences also open doors for impostors.

Here are some big red flags:

  • If someone professing to be from a government agency contacts you with an urgent issue you must tend to immediately, it’s a scam.
  • If you get a call or a popup message on your device saying you have a problem with your computer and you need to address it immediately, it’s a scam.
  • If someone – anyone – says you can pay an obligation with a gift card, it’s a scam.

Enjoy the conveniences of technology, but stay safe while doing it.

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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John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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