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Don't be Fooled Into Falling for These 8 Scams

You don't have to be an April fool to get duped by a clever scam.But, just as with magic tricks, ruses lose their power when you know exactly how they work. Want to reduce your chances of being flimflammed? Here's the lowdown on eight  hot scams, cons and swindles that criminals are employing to separate you from your money, along with a few strategies for avoiding them.No. 1: 'Card security' scam The scam: Your get an automated call: Suspicious charges have been detected on your credit or debit card. It's been frozen until you call to reactivate it.Press "2" for a live attendant, who will reinstate your card after "confirming" personal information, such as your name, Social Security number, account number and date of birth.Criminals playing the odds may even mention your actual bank by name and that, plus the robo-calling feature, "makes it seem more credible," says Gary K. King, the attorney general of New Mexico."They reach out to thousands of people and know that someone will bite,...

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