Crime

What You Should Do About Money Scams

Money scams are on the rise as more liberal district attorneys fail to charge crimes. With holidays approaching, it’s important to arm ourselves with knowledge.

Be wary of get-rich-quick schemes. If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.

  • Avoid sending money or giving your account information to anyone you don’t know or a company you can’t verify as a legitimate. If you send money as part of a scam, you may not be able to get it back.

  • Beware of scammers impersonating a tech support company, fraud department, or government agency through a phone call or pop-up message on your computer. Do not provide your account information or access code, or give them control to your computer.

  • Be wary of an unexpected request for payment for a good, service or fee through any form of communication (email, phone call, social media, etc.) Do your research and don’t be afraid to end communication with the person making the request.

  • Don’t send money back to someone who has provided a check or overpayment for goods or services. 

  • Be suspicious if someone requests your account information or assistance with a financial transaction, such as cashing a check on their behalf or transferring money for them.

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3 replies »

  1. Jack and Dodie,

    Help me out here as I’m not sure this call was a scam.

    Last night, as i was letting my blood pressure drop a bit after foolishly watching the evening news, I received a phone call. The caller started out by calling me “Pal”. Why, naturally, I figured this to be a friend or at least a good acquaintance. He then said, “This is Joe”. I know several “Joes” so I responded, “Hey, what’s up”? The caller then went on to say he’d be happy to send me and my family all kinds of things…for free!! This sounds almost too good to be true. Might this be a scam or is Joe really my pal wanting to send me free stuff?

    Your honest, quick reply is needed because Joe says he really meant what he said but needed me to say, “yes”, right away!

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