You’ve probably learned by now to simply ignore any unsolicited emails from individuals claiming to be Nigerian princes, seeking your money to invest in a big-time trade deal, and you also likely know to decline any pop-up solicitations for a once in a lifetime vacation in exchange for your bank information. Having this awareness, however, doesn’t necessarily change the fact that you’re still constantly being targeted for different scams, and it’s very annoying. Scroll down and take Consumer Report’s quiz on how to protect yourself from scams, and especially the 7 most recent frauds hitting today’s consumers.
What makes today’s con artists so successful is their ability to come up with new schemes as soon as old ones are exposed. And, unfortunately, digital technology today has only given scammers intent on ripping us off ever more ripe opportunities.
“The impact of new technology on scams and fraud is immeasurable,” says Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center in San Diego. “The internet has increased access to incredible amounts of information about potential victims and has made it easier than ever for con artists from around the globe to target them in anonymous and deceptive ways.”
Take Consumer Report’s quiz to see just how knowledgeable you are regarding the newest schemes, scams, and frauds, and how to spot them and how to avoid them.