Anti-Scam FAQ: What Is A Government Impersonator Scam? Answer: Scammers often disguise themselves as people working for the government and might pretend to offer help. But, really, they’re after your money or personal information. Government imposters may call to “verify your Social Security number,” or say your Social Security number or Medicare benefits have been “suspended” due to a mix-up. Scammers may say your tax returns must be done differently because of a name [...]
Scam FAQ: How To Spot A Scam How Can I Tell If Something Might Be A Scam? It’S Probably A Scam If Someone: Makes an offer that sounds too good to be true; Promises that you can win money, make money, or borrow money easily; Asks for money to enter a contest, win a sweepstake or lottery, or claim a prize; Refuses to send you written information before you agree to buy or donate; Refuses [...]
Scam FAQ: How To Avoid Spam Email Don't open spam. Delete it unread. Never respond to spam as this will confirm to the sender that it is a "live" email address. Have a primary and secondary email address - one for people you know and one for all other purposes. Avoid giving out your email address unless you know how it will be used. Never purchase anything advertised through an unsolicited email.
Scam FAQ: How To Avoid Phishing/Spoofing Scams Be suspicious of any unsolicited email requesting personal information. Avoid filling out forms in email messages that ask for personal information. Always compare the link in the email to the link that you are actually directed to. Log on to the official website, instead of "linking" to it from an unsolicited email. Contact the actual business that supposedly sent the email to verify if the email is genuine.
Scam FAQ: How To Avoid Identity Theft Ensure websites are secure prior to submitting your credit card number. Do your homework to ensure the business or website is legitimate. Attempt to obtain a physical address, rather than a P.O. box or maildrop. Never throw away credit card or bank statements in usable form. Be aware of missed bills which could indicate your account has been taken over. Be cautious of scams requiring you to provide your personal [...]
Scam FAQ: How To Avoid Bogus Employment/Business Opportunities Be wary of inflated claims of product effectiveness. Be cautious of exaggerated claims of possible earnings or profits. Beware when money is required up front for instructions or products. Be leery when the job posting claims "no experience necessary". Do not give your social security number when first interacting with your prospective employer. Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country. Be wary when replying [...]
Scam FAQ: How To Avoid Credit Card Fraud Ensure a site is secure and reputable before providing your credit card number online. Don't trust a site just because it claims to be secure. If purchasing merchandise, ensure it is from a reputable source. Promptly reconcile credit card statements to avoid unauthorized charges. Do your research to ensure the legitimacy of the individual or company. Beware of providing credit card information when requested through unsolicited emails.