Don't Be Fooled: 5 Steps to Help Avoid Financial Scams

Some savvy stay-safe tips to help protect yourself and watch out for family members at the same time.

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Scam artists are more prevalent now than ever. In fact, Americans reported losing $1.5 billion to fraud in 2018, up 38% from 2017, according to the Federal Trade Commission. And in today’s information age, when much of our financial life is managed through a computer, mobile phone or other electronic device, fraudsters have many tools at their disposal.

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Marcy Keckler, CFP®, CRPC®
Senior Vice President, Financial Advice Strategy and Marketing, Ameriprise Financial

Marcy Keckler is the Senior Vice President, Financial Advice Strategy and Marketing at Ameriprise Financial. She leads the overall strategy for financial advice at the firm, including the Ameriprise Client Experience and Confident Retirement programs. Marcy has been with Ameriprise Financial (formerly American Express Financial Advisors) for more than 25 years in a variety of positions in financial planning, marketing and interactive development.