With a new year comes new opportunities for scammers to try to steal your money or identity.

In 2017, the most reported scams were sweepstakes and lottery scams, phishing scams, and tech support as well as employment scams.

In Alaska, the most expensive scams were Investment scams, which took over $35,000 from Alaskans. Following that are false online purchases, romance, or catfishing scams, and then false government grant scams.

Michelle Tabler of the Better Business Bureau warns that the best way to avoid being scammed is to avoid solicitation. Do not respond to unknown email accounts or websites asking for your money, and do not give away personal information over the phone unless you have verified who you are speaking with. Scammers can make their numbers look like those of official numbers, so be careful.