4 Signs That It's a Scam
- Scammers PRETEND to be from an organization you know.
- Scammers often pretend to be contacting you on behalf of the government. They might use a real name like the Social Security Administration or the IRS. Some pretend to be from a business you know like a charity or utility company.
- Beware when they call, Fraudsters are smart enough to change their name and phone number that may appear on your caller ID to trick you!
- Scammers say there’s a PROBLEM or a PRIZE.
- They may tell you you’re in trouble with the government and owe money.
- Or they may tell you that someone in your family had an emergency or is in jail.
- Or that there’s a virus on your computer.
- Be careful as some scammers will say there’s a problem with one of your accounts and they need you to verify information.
- Others will lie to you and tell you won money in a lottery or sweepstakes but must pay a fee to get the money.
- Scammers PRESSURE you to act immediately.
- They want you to act before you have time to think! Be aware… they will tell you not to hang up so you cannot check out their story.
- They might threaten you or say your computer is about to be corrupted.
- Scammers tell you to PAY in a specific way.
- They insist you pay money by a Wire Transfer or by putting money on a gift card and then give them the numbers on the back.
- Sometimes they mail you a check and tell you to deposit it and then send them money.