The October/November issue of AARP The Magazine includes an article titled When a Con Man Calls, in which the first sentence asks "Can you spot an imposter?" The article notes the rise in false identity frauds, all aimed at scaring vulnerable people - and who isn't vulnerable at one time or another? So beware of con men acting as:
- Jury duty managers telling you that you owe money because you missed jury duty.
- The IRS saying you owe taxes and must pay right away.
- Doctors saying they have a cure for your condition.
- Police or firefighters claiming to raise money for worthy causes.
- A bank saying your data needs updating.
- A utility threatening to shut off your service unless you pay asap.
The AARP article details more of these scams and ends with this warning: "The takeaway? Never accept a pitch or give any information to a stranger - on the phone, in person or over the internet - without first independently verifying that it's legitimate."