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There are many ways to make sure that your finances are in good health, as the new year gets underway.One of them—knowing how to spot a scam—is often ignored.
Here’s what you need to watch out for in 2015 was the year of the IRS scam: Scammers impersonating the IRS and intimidating consumers into paying penalties for “back taxes” accounted for nearly a quarter of all scams reported to the Better Business Bureau. Buried in the Congressional budget bill was a provision allowing debt collectors to use robocall technology to pursue anyone owing government debt—think overdue student loans and Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae mortgages.Until now, consumers were advised—correctly—that the government would never initiate contact by phone, and just this past June the Federal Communications Commission strengthened protections against debt collectors calling a cellphone to dun late-paying loan holders.In 2016, that will no longer be true—and new scams will likely take advantage of this.The result is that many people are swindled out of their hard-earned savings every year.
While 2015 was a year of many familiar scams, 2016 promises new scams as thieves take advantage of election fever, technological trends, and an inadvertent helping hand from the government.Instead, they glean personal information to build detailed profiles that can be used for sophisticated forms of identity theft that may not be immediately obvious.