Most Alaskans are $1,600 richer today. But more money in the economy means more unsavory characters coming out to try and get their hands on a piece of your payday. 

Michelle Tabler, the Alaska Regional Manager of the Better Business Bureau, gave KTVA 11’s Daybreak a few tips on how to avoid some common scams.

One type is the imposter scam. People will call claiming to be from legitimate agencies like the IRS, the court system, Medicare or Medicaid asking for some kind of payment. They may even threaten to take away your driver's license or call the police to have you arrested. But official governmental organizations will never ask for payment over the phone.

Avoid getting taken advantage of by hanging up on anyone who seems suspicious. You can look up the organization’s number and call them directly to be 100 percent sure you’re talking to the right people.

Look out for anyone calling and asking for immediate donations or payment up front. Things like investment opportunities that seem too good to be true usually are. Talent and modeling scouts that want payment up front should send up red flags.

Finally, be aware of what you’re posting on social media and who you’re sharing with. Never accept friend requests from people you don’t know but also be wary of profiles that look like your friends’. Scammers can clone their accounts to gain access to your “friends only” information.

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