Sophisticated scammers. Yep – they exist! They are getting smarter and continually looking for ways to get you to trust them.
Scammers want access
No matter what any scammer says on the phone, no matter what any scammer texts, and no matter how much time a scammer gives you – all they really want is access. Access to YOUR money. And access to your personal information.
Pay attention to red flags and follow these tips to recognize fraud before it happens.
- Never let anyone pressure you into sending money
- If a scammer tells you to purchase gift cards as payment, don’t do it.
- Scammers will try to threaten to send law enforcement to your house – never true.
- Don’t wire or transfer money or send a check as payment to anyone you don’t know.
- Never trust a buyer or seller who refuses to talk on the phone or in person.
- If you don’t remember entering a contest, but you get notified by text or email that you won, it’s too good to be true. Use common sense and just ignore it. Don’t click any links!
Monitor all your accounts frequently and use automated alerts, so that you get notified about any suspicious activity.