The year may be winding down, but not the ploys that have proved most successful for scammers. Here are the top fraud trends—and what to watch out for in 2017.
Fraudsters let their fingers do the stalking, especially when targeting older Americans. Crooks will call you, claiming to be tech-support workers who are hunting viruses, utility company bill collectors or even your own grandchildren calling for help from a Mexican jail. In other variations, con artists make pitches for credit cards, extended warranties, and phony sweepstakes and lotteries.