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How to Avoid the Phone Scammer

While online scams are on the rise in our modern high-tech world, plenty of fraudsters still rely on good, old-fashioned phone scams to con unsuspecting victims. Telephone scammers try to steal your money or personal information through a variety of ways: through phone calls from real people, robocalls, or text messages. Consumers lose a lot of money to phone scams — some even their life savings. Phone scam artists have figured out countless ways to get your money over the phone. For example, some act friendly and helpful. And others, they might threaten you or try other scare tactics.

One thing is for sure, a phone scammer will try to get your money or your personal information to commit identity theft—don’t give it to them! Learn how you can prevent phone scams by visiting the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) website. You’ll find great tips and examples on ways you can thwart the phone scammer: how to recognize a phone scam, examples of common phone scams, how to stop calls from scammers, and more.