Scammers abound today and they will eventually annoy you with by email, snail letter, in-person, or phone calls. Their goal is simple, namely, to con you out of your money. In this regard they are even half a step lower than politicians (yes, that is possible). They use lies, deception, and clever schemes to achieve their goal. I often wonder what success they could achieve if they put their efforts into constructive endeavors.
Some scammers sound very convincing. Others are really bad at what they do. If you get an unknown call from someone who can barely speak English and you hear lots of other voices in the background then turn on your scam detector. Some of their schemes are pretty clever. The first time I received a call from the “IRS” it rattled me. However, as I kept talking, they sounded less and less governmental and I figured that something was amiss. I then called my local IRS office and told them about the phone encounter. They confirmed that I received a scam call.
Over time the scams have gotten more and more sophisticated. These articles provide details about scams and some options to deal with them. The first rule of anti-scamming is NEVER give personal details, account details, or any sort of sensitive information to anyone who contacts you. The second rule of anti-scamming is NEVER give personal details, account details, or any sort of sensitive information to anyone who contacts you. Here are a few of scams of the day.