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Time for a Pop Quiz on Scams

Test your knowledge and protect your cash

Answer 1: B
Clicking anywhere in the on-screen alert can give your computer a virus.

Answer 2: B
Also alert issuers of other missing cards — driver's license, Medicare card, etc.

Answer 3: C
All are Caribbean codes. Scammers hope to run up your bill by $50 or more per call.

Answer 4: A
You never have to pay to collect a contest prize. And the check is fake, and your bank will hound you for any money you withdraw.

Answer 5: D
A and B test for "skimming" devices that steal card data. C blocks prying eyes or cameras.

Answer 6: C
The email is a scam for sure — the feds don't send unsolicited emails like this. If there's an issue with your tax return, expect a mailed letter.

Results: 1-2 correct: There's a bull's-eye on your back; 3-4 correct: So-so; 5-6 correct: Congrats!

Sid Kirchheimer is the author of Scam-Proof Your Life, published by AARP Books/Sterling. Sid Kirchheimer is the author of Scam-Proof Your Life, published by AARP Books/Sterling. Have a look at our Scam Alert archive for past warnings about the con artists who too often seek to part Americans from their hard-earned money. If you don’t find your answer there, send a query.

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