Thousands of people are bilked every year by criminals who enter the lives of their victims through their telephones. AARP once found that about half of all mobile calls were fraudulent, and that the problem was worsening. Fraudulent landline calls are declining as the technology fades, but scam calls to fixed lines still nab plenty of unsuspecting victims. And while seniors are often the target of scammers, anyone can be taken for a ride. Here's everything you need to know about phone scams — including ones that involved fraudsters impersonating IRS officials — and how to avoid becoming a victim.
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