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Seven steps to spotting - and stopping - online fraud

By Heather Kelly

06 Sep 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

Scammers adapt with the times. Fraud is becoming ever-more sophisticated—young and old can benefit from this refresher on how to spot potential trouble.

Nobody is immune to scams. Criminals are constantly changing them to fit the latest headlines, target our insecurities and slip through even the most well-honed BS detectors.

That means everyone, young and old, can benefit from a refresher on how to spot a text, phone or online scam and what to do next. Because the scams themselves change so fast, it's also important to keep up on what the latest techniques and topics are so you aren't caught off guard by a fake-romance text while you are on high alert for robocalls.

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