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Hillary Thomas (left), AARP representative, and FRREA President Kathy Donahue pose following the retired educator group’s February meeting.

At this month’s Floyd-Rome Retired Educators Association meeting, AARP representative Hillary Thomas spoke to the members about internet scams.

Thomas said live or automated scam callers often pose as representatives of government agencies or familiar tech, travel, retail or financial companies, supposedly calling with important information.

It might be good news — You’re eligible for a big cash prize. It might be bad — There’s a problem with your credit card account. But it can be resolved if you’ll just, say, provide your Social Security number or make an immediate payment.

These companies will not call you unless you have contacted them, Thomas said. When someone asks for money, hang up the phone and dial the company direct. And don’t use the number the caller gave you to do it.

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