There are a couple great resources to keep us aware of scams and scammers. One
is the Federal Trade Commission listing of current scams. Tell your Internet
browser to go get “FTC scam alerts”, and you will find the most current guidance
on scams including some recommendations for sharing. They even developed a
new website called “passing it on” with information about different types of scams.
Open enrollment scams are typical of what they described this time of year.
AARP has a Fraud Watch Network aarp.org/fraud with tips, current scams, and an
outsmart scammers challenge (with cash prizes). AARP also has several
suggestions to battle scammers including, opting for electronic rather than paper
bank statements, and also shredding confidential information, freezing your credit
report, using credit cards and mobile payments rather than debit cards, adding your
name to the national do not call Registry (they acknowledge it doesn’t always work
but it helps), avoid public Wi-Fi – especially for banking and shopping, use care
with what you share on social media, and be cynical about scam recovery pitches.