Each year, thousands fall victim to con artists. Con artists infiltrate peoples lives in numerous ways through computers and mailers in well-established newspapers and magazines. The elderly are particularly vulnerable, but the reality is, all kinds of people are robbed of billions of dollars every year by con artists. Some of the steps that can be taken to protect yourself are: never give personal information over the phone, including credit card numbers, phone numbers, social security numbers or bank information, and never call a 900 number to “claim a prize”. Always remember – if it seems too good to be true – it generally is! Reporting frauds of any kind is vital. Report any suspected con schemes to the police. Don’t let embarrassment keep you from helping others from becoming the next victim of a scam!