The latest consumer scams and trends

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Last January, about two dozen people realized someone had tampered with their credit cards. After calls to police, investigators soon realized thieves had installed a credit card skimming device on a pump at a gas station.

Steve Mulcahy's bank contacted him.

"I always thought my credit card would be safe using it at a gas station or ATM or anywhere," Mulcahy said.

The station owner began to inspect pumps daily to protect customers.

The credit card skimming crime is one of the latest trends used by scam artists, according to The Consumer Federal of America and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators.

Another trend involves criminals who take advantage of news about the Affordable Care Act.

The scammers will call and try to trick you into giving out personal or financial information.  Experts warn consumers not to fall for it.

"Medicare is never going to call you and ask you for information especially information that we already have in our system about you," Julie Brookhart with Medicare & Medicaid Services said.

Bogus property rental scams continue to cause consumers problems. Con artists will lift information on houses for sale or rent then try to pass it off as their own. It costs interested renters time and money.

Dawn Perry tried to rent a home through Craigslist only to discover the ad was bogus.

"It was devastating because we had wasted two and half weeks of looking for a place, waiting to get into a place that had already been rented," she said.

To avoid rental scams, ask to speak to the owner directly and ask a lot of questions.  If they have to leave town or the country, that's a big red flag.

Click here to read more about the latest consumer trends, including the top list of scams. 

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