A phone call from a government employee asking for money or offering to give it away is a red flag! The government will never ask for money or give money away over the telephone.
Matters of the heart can blur common sense. If you're asked to send money to a new acquaintance, often with a sense of urgency, be alert to this "red flag" - it may be a scam.
Receiving a frantic phone call that involves a person in need can cause panic and confusion. Create a "red flag" by making sure family members can recognize these scams.
Learn about the most common scams.
Sadly, as shoppers head out to get the perfect holiday gift, so do the scammers.
October's Red Flag Winner is... Charity Navigator!