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6 types of consumer fraud, and how to avoid them

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Over the past several weeks, the Chicago Sun-Times, through the support of the AARP Fraud Watch Network, has worked to inform consumers about a variety of scams. Today, we sum up our stories — and include links to all our previous work. Questions? Call the AARP Fraud Watch Network helpline at (877) 908-3360.

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This infographic is part of the series “Be On Guard,” reported by the Chicago Sun-Times and made possible through the support of AARP Illinois. The AARP Fraud Watch Network can help protect you from frauds and scams. Call this free helpline (877) 908-3360 to speak with volunteers trained in fraud counseling.

• PART ONE: How to avoid identify theft and keep your data safe
• PART TWO: How military veterans can protect themselves from scammers who target them
• PART THREE: How to spot imposter fraud, what you can do to protect yourself
• PART FOUR: Traveling for holidays? Stay safely connected at airport, hotel, in rental car
• PART FIVE: How to ensure this holiday season that you’re giving to charities, not scammers
• PART SIX: Gift-card scams: How to avoid getting ripped off