Tips to Spot and Stop a Scam

Scammers are constantly evolving to find new ways to take your money, and new scams are emerging that you should watch out for. AARP Oklahoma State Director Sean Voskuhl says it doesn’t matter if you live in rural or urban America, scammers are finding new ways to target you.

“Scammers don’t care where you are from. They will tailor their approach against your demographic to sound as realistic as possible. And thanks to new technology, they are even able to mimic your loved ones over the phone. It’s more important now than ever to be vigilant to keep yourself safe from scams.” 

Voskuhl says there are a few fast growing scams to watch out for.

“Be on the lookout specifically for check cooking, when criminals steal checks out of mailboxes and change the amount using chemicals, or voice celebrity impersonation, no celebrity will ask you for money, Grandparents scams where the scammer pretends to be a grandchild in need of money, and don’t forget about voice cloning, as it’s a rising issue.” 

Fortunately, the AARP Fraud Watch Network, a free resource on the website, offers many tips to help keep you safe from scams.

“Be sure to always sign out of financial apps on your phone, audit your wallet or purse by removing any information you don’t need there, monitor your credit report, always set social media profiles to private, use a password manager for strong and secure passwords, and most importantly, be skeptical! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.” 

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